The execution date is set. Unless something changes, Troy Davis will be put to death on the 21st September 2011. This is despite a list of doubts surrounding his case.
Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of the murder of Officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1991. Since 2007, Amnesty international has campaigned alongside Troy’s family and other supporters for a new trial or hearing and clemency.
He was given an opportunity to prove his innocence in 2009 and despite:
- Four witnesses admitting in court that they lied at trial when they implicated Troy Davis
- Four witnesses implicating another man as the one who killed Officer MacPhail
- Three original state witnesses describing police coercion during questioning, including one man who was 16 years old at the time of the murder
Despite this all this, in August 2010 the federal district court judge ruled that although executing an innocent person would be unconstitutional,Troy had not met the extraordinarily high bar for proving his innocence.
You can read more about the doubts surrounding Troy’s case in this Amnesty International briefing.
We have a chance to stop this injustice happening. There is going to be a walk in solidarity for Troy in Georgia (where he is on death row). Our aim in the UK is to illustrate the strength of feeling and international support Troy holds.
This is why I hope you will join me on Friday 16th September 2011 outside the US embassy in London between 5 and 7pm. Troy deserves a fair trial. He does not deserve any punishment, let alone the death penalty while there are such doubts surrounding his case. This is literally a matter of life and death.
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