I first wrote about the Troy Davis case in 2009 when the "I Am Troy Davis" campaign was relatively young. Unfortunately for Troy, his family, and his supporters, America is hearing his name today because, as CNN reports, he has been denied clemency. The decision of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole means that Troy will be executed tomorrow.
Davis was convicted of the 1989 killing of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail.I do not have much more to say at this time except according to Color of Change, the only thing that could stop the State of Georgia from killing Troy now is a plea from the District Attorney to stop his execution:
Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.
Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm, who asked a judge to issue Troy's death warrant, can also ask the judge to take it back.Sign the petition here.
This move would be a game-changer -- but it'll only happen if he feels more pressure from us to do the right thing outweighs than he feels from all those in Savannah calling for Troy's death.
For a thorough account of the history of this case, I recommend you read Aberjhani's series at Examiner.com. The CNN video at the top of this post discusses why his clemency was denied. Despite the many eye witnesses who have come forward to recant their testimony, some saying that they were pressured to name Davis as the killer in this case, the MacPhail family and Georgia officials have had blinders on and have been determined to commit a murder of their own, which they, of course, call "justice."
The story is being reported by numerous mainstream media networks and across the Internet through small outlets and big ones, such as on the Huffington Post's front page. I think many people are shocked; they had believed that the American justice system would not execute a man under such circumstances, that it could be flexible when new information casts old testimony into shadows of doubt. What we're seeing today, as we saw not long ago in Texas, is that the system is broken in many places.