GFADP Meeting tomorrow, September 8 at 7pm

posted Sep 7, 2011, 8:58 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]
It’s been confirmed that the State of Georgia set an execution date for Troy Davis for Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm.  This news sets the clemency process in motion and while we have known that an execution date for Troy was inevitable. An execution, however, is not. The Georgia Board of Pardons & Parole can still prevent this execution by granting clemency. We expect that a clemency hearing will be held in the days prior to the execution date and we remain hopeful that the board will do the right thing and grant Troy clemency.
Tomorrow’s regularly scheduled GFADP meeting will be a Troy Davis Campaign organizing meeting. Please plan to attend and get plugged in and find out about next steps.  We need a lot of help, so please come to the Amnesty Office at 7pm (730 Peachtree St. NE 30308-use side entrance to get into building)
Please stay tuned for more information about a planned March and Vigil.
In the meantime, here’s what you can do:

  •  Sign the petition to the Georgia authorities asking them to grant Troy clemency and encourage others to do the same.
  • Members of the clergy (all faiths): endorse a clergy sign-on letter to the GA Board of Pardons & Parole (non-clergy: encourage friends in the clergy to endorse.)
Thank you for everything that you continue to do to Stop the Execution of Troy Davis! See you tomorrow at 7pm.

Troy Anthony Davis' execution set for Sept. 21

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
10:01 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Georgia Department of Corrections has set the execution of Troy Anthony Davis for 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.
The agency set the time and date a day after a Chatham County judge signed a death warrant for Davis, who was convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer in 1989.
Davis' appeals are exhausted. He is expected to once again ask the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant him clemency. The board has previously denied that request.
Davis, 41, was convicted of killing Officer Mark Allen MacPhail as MacPhail ran to the aid of a homeless man being pistol-whipped outside a Burger King.
The case has attracted international attention because a number of key prosecution witnesses either recanted or backed off their trial testimony. Other witnesses have come forward and said another man at the scene told them he was the actual killer.
Amnesty International, the human rights organization, called on the parole board to commute Davis' death sentence, saying doubts about Davis’ guilt have never been erased.
“The board stayed Davis’ execution in 2007, stating that capital punishment was not an option when doubts about guilt remained,” said Larry Cox, executive director for AIUSA. “Since then two more execution dates have come and gone, and there is still little clarity, much less proof, that Davis committed any crime. Amnesty International respectfully asks the Board to commute Davis’ sentence to life and prevent Georgia from making a catastrophic mistake.”
In August, a federal judge emphatically rejected Davis' claims that he was wrongly convicted. In a 172-page order, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. said Davis failed to prove his innocence during an extraordinary hearing in June ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
MacPhail, 27 and a father of two, was gunned down before he could draw his weapon. After the killing, Sylvester "Redd" Coles went to the police with his lawyer and told them he and Davis were at the scene. At trial, he testified he was fleeing the scene when shots were fired, leaving Davis as the culprit. Coles denied being the triggerman.
At the June hearing, Davis' lawyers wanted to call witnesses who had given sworn statements that Coles had told them after the trial he was the actual killer. But Moore did not allow these witnesses to testify because Davis' lawyers did not subpoena Coles to testify. If they had, the judge said, he could have tested the validity of Coles' alleged confessions.
If Coles had in fact confessed to these witnesses, Moore suggested there could be an explanation --"he believed that his reputation as a dangerous individual would be enhanced if he took credit for murdering Officer MacPhail." Davis failed to prove the alleged confessions were truthful, Moore noted.
Of the seven witnesses Davis' legal team say recanted their trial testimony, "only one is a meaningful, credible recantation." The value of this recantation -- given by a jailhouse snitch who testified Davis told him he killed MacPhail -- is diminished because it was already clear the witness testified falsely at trial, the judge said.
Moore answered one question posed to him by the U.S. Supreme Court. He found that executing an innocent person would violate the Eighth Amendment's ban against cruel and unusual punishment.
"However, Mr. Davis is not innocent," the U.S. district judge wrote in August.
Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Freesemann signed the death warrant Tuesday.