Saving Troy Davis From Execution

Troy Davis is on Georgia's death row. He may be innocent.

Tuesday is Troy's birthday. Check out the Troy Davis "Innocence Matters" Video Project.

Troy Davis' birthday is October 9th and to mark this occasion, a coalition of global supporters have organized this video project to wish Troy a 'Happy Birthday' and to reaffirm to the state of Georgia that 'Innocence Matters!

The Troy video project is simple. Using a webcam, camera phone, camcorder or any other recording device, simply record as creatively as possible a positive video of 60-seconds or less wishing Troy a ‘Happy Birthday’ while reaffirming to the state of Georgia that the global support network behind Troy believes Innocence Matters!

There are 35 videos so far. For the non-video savvy, there's also the NCADP's action alert page for Troy with the ability to send a letter.

You can read Troy's story here.

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    What kind of forensic evidence (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jack Okie on Sat Oct 06, 2007 at 12:24:30 PM EST
    is there?  In reading the linked story, it seemed they knew a .38 caliber pistol was involved, but they did not have the weapon.  I've probably seen too many episodes of CSI:  Did they find anything on Davis hands or clothes to indicate he had fired a weapon?

    I think executing someone solely on the basis of eyewitness testimony is a pretty shaky proposition.  Add in the fact it was a policeman that was killed and the opportunity for intimidation is certainly there.  On the other hand, what do you think the odds are that Davis friends and family might be doing some intimidation of their own now to get these witnesses to recant?

    You know, this reminds me a little of the Terry Schiavo case.  I felt the possiblility of her actually having any function left was pretty low, but it bothered me that the courts were saying essentially the same thing they are for Davis:  We've dottd the i's and crossed the t's legally, so don't bother us about any potential injustice.  I wasn't surprised at the autopsy results, but in general I would have preferred an independent evaluation before they pulled the plug.

    As a conservative, I believe the state should be DAMN SURE before they deprive someone of life or liberty.  The idea that there is a time limit on someone's right of appeal when their life is on the line is repugnant.  Over-lawyered indeed!

    From the Article, (none / 0) (#2)
    by diogenes on Sat Oct 06, 2007 at 07:13:58 PM EST
    From the story we were sent to comes this:

    Davis, who was 20, had a conviction for carrying a concealed weapon. On the street, he was known as "RAH," for "Rough as Hell."

    Had he killed other people before and not been caught?  What other crimes had he gotten away with?  Will he kill other people in the future if released?  Not many people on the street have a nickname like this without having made their bones in some way.  Is there a small chance that the witnesses fear retribution if they don't recant, given who this is?  Shouldn't the recanting witnesses actually be charged with perjury, since false testimony in a murder case should not be given lightly?