Day of action for Troy Davis
On Monday, September 29, theis calling on people to make calls, send faxes and hold demonstrations to stop the execution of Troy Davis.
THANKS TO you, Troy's family, and the tens of thousands of people around the country who have taken time out of their lives to write a letter, sign a petition or attend a demonstration, Troy Davis lives today.
When the U.S. Supreme Court decided to stay his execution on September 23 until they could decide whether to look at the case, it was a recognition that people's eyes were on this case from around the country and around the world. But now, Troy could face another execution date very soon, and we need you to spring into action again.
On September 29, the Supreme Court will be meeting to decide whether to hear Troy's case. No gun, no DNA, no fingerprints, and no physical evidence of any kind were used to convict him. Seven of the nine witnesses in his case have recanted their trial testimony, and several have said that they were pressured by police.
In effect, what the Supreme Court justices will be deciding is whether it's okay to allow the execution of an innocent man if his appeals have expired. We think this is a no-brainer. If they look at the facts and make the right call, Troy lives. If they decline to hear the case, Troy could be executed that night, or the day after, or in the weeks to come, if Georgia sets a new execution date.
But the Supreme Court Justices aren't the only ones with a decision to make. Thurbert Baker, the attorney general of Georgia, and Spencer Lawton, the district attorney of Chatham County, both have the power to rescind Troy Davis's execution warrant, and Baker can reopen an investigation into the case. The members of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles could reconsider their shameful decision to deny Troy clemency, but have refused to do so. All of these public officials need to be held accountable!
The attention on Troy's case is the reason he lives today. On Monday, September 29, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling for a coordinated day of demonstrations, petitioning, phone and fax campaigns to draw attention to the injustices of his case and to call for his clemency. Justice for Troy Davis!