Target: Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Goal: Grant clemency to Troy Davis.
In 1991, Troy Davis was sentenced to death in Georgia courts for the murder of Mark Allen MacPhail, a police officer from Savannah. There was zero physical evidence upon which Davis could be charged, and as such, the entire prosecution lay within testimony from nine witnesses; yet, since that time, six witnesses have recanted their testimony even with the knowledge that they could face charges of perjury. Witnesses say at the time of the investigation, they were coerced and pressured by police to give false testimony. Furthermore, seven witnesses have since said another person committed the crime.
Meanwhile,Davis has served twenty years and faced three execution dates. With the Supreme Court upholding the ruling on the case in March of this year, Georgia has set another execution date for Davis on September 21st – less than one week away.
Within Georgia, the governor has no jurisdiction or authority to grant clemency to inmates on death row. Instead, the responsibility remains with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. It is, therefore, up to these individuals to save the life of this innocent man.
While the tragic death of Officer MacPhail unquestionably deserves justice, executing a person who is not responsible will only serve to create two grieving families. The MacPhail family deserves proper justice and it will be achieved by the prosecution of the person for which witnesses have provided corroborating testimony. Putting Davis to death would be a horrific and irreversible act. Certainly, the people on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles do not wish to carry the weight of that burden for the rest of their lives. Too many doubts and a severe lack of evidentiary support surround the Davis case. The MacPhail and Davis families deserve better.
With September 21st less than one week away, there is to time to waste. We call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Troy Davis clemency immediately.
For twenty years, Troy Davis has remained on death row in Georgia and faced four execution dates for a crime he did not commit. There is zero physical evidence linking him to the crime and witness testimony, upon which the prosecution was based, has since come to light as being coerced and false.
The MacPhail family deserves justice for the death of their son, Officer MacPhail, but putting an innocent man to death for it will only compound the injustice that both families have navigated for two decades. It is up the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to save the life of an innocent man. Troy Davis must be released from death row, granted clemency, and the prosecution must find the real person responsible.
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