Thursday, September 11, 2008

National Day of Action to Save Troy Davis

The State of Georgia has given Troy Davis, an innocent man, an execution date of September 23. Troy, who is African-American, was convicted of killing Mark McPhail, a white police officer. Seven of the nine witnesses against Troy Davishim have recanted their testimony, several saying they were coerced by police, and a number of other witnesses who were never allowed to testify fingered Sylvester "Red" Coles as the killer. But in a 4-3 ruling the Georgia Supreme Court refused to give Troy a new trial based on this evidence. And outrageously, the State of Georgia did not even wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to take the case before setting an execution date.

Now, Troy's life is in the hands of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, which meets on Friday, September 12 and will make a decision some time before his scheduled execution date.

On Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11, people all over the country will be taking action to stop
Troy's execution and let Georgia officials know that we are watching to make sure they do not execute an innocent man. Here are suggestions for what you can do:

*Call, fax and email the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to call for clemency. Also get in touch with the
Chatham County District Attorney's Office and the Georgia Attorney General's Office and demand they rescind Troy's execution warrant.

* Send an automated email message via Amnesty International's action center at:

Board of Pardons & Paroles:

Chairman Gale Buckner
State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4909
Chairperson L.Gale Buckner--

Garland Hunt--
Robert Keller--
Milton Nix--
Garfield Hammonds--

Telephone: (404) 657-9350
Fax: 404-651-6670; (404)651-8502; (404) 651-5282; (404) 463-6627

Thurbert E. Baker
Office of the Attorney General
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, Ga 30334
Phone:(404) 656-3300
Fax:(404) 657-8733

Spencer Lawton, Chatham County District Attorney
Chief Assistant District Attorney David Locke
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: (912) 652-7308
Fax: (912) 652-7328 or (912) 447-5396

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