As you know the State of Georgia issued a warrant for Marcus Ray Johnson not even a day after the execution of Troy Davis. The date has been set for Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will set a date for the his clemency hearing in the next few days. We must make sure that the Board not only know we're watching, but we’re taking action!
Like in the Troy Davis case, this case is about faulty eyewitness identification. . Since 1973, 139 people on death row have been exonerated for innocence. Five of those were from Georgia. http://www.gfadp.org/why/innocence
Here are the facts:
· Marcus Ray Johnson was convicted on the basis of unreliable eyewitness testimony from people who did not see him commit any crime.
· Expert testimony on the problems with the eyewitness identifications was not allowed at trial
· No physical evidence ties Mr. Johnson to the crime. Testing of critical physical evidence from the crime scene has never been permitted by the courts and has since been destroyed by order of the trial court.
Please send a letter by mail or fax to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles asking the Board to commute Mr. Johnson’s sentence. In addition, please send a letter to Dr. Musso at Rainbow Medical Associates and ask that he and his medical team refuse to participate in the execution.
Please download the sample letters, edit to include your name and address at the bottom, then print, sign, and mail or fax it to:
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Floyd Veterans Memorial Building
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30334-4909
Dr. Carlo Musso, President, and Employees
9020 Peridot Parkway
Stockbridge, GA 30281
SAVE THE DATES:
Thursday, September 29, 2011-What next for the abolition movement in Georgia. Be a part of moving this work forward-we need you! Time and place TBD
Thursday, October 13, 2011-GFADP Monthly Meeting 7pm at 730 Peachtree St. Ste 1060; Atlanta, GA 30308
While cases vary, it is the system that remains the same-broken. Georgians watched our justice system go as low as it can go-it executed an innocent man. We must continue to work towards abolition and we know that we’ll get there. We need YOU to join us in the fight to ensure that this broken system is done with once and for all.