Troy Anthony Davis, who is on Georgia's death row, could soon face a fourth execution date. Yet no jury has ever heard the compelling new evidence that can prove his innocence. We call upon you, our elected officials, to investigate this case.
Troy Davis has been on death row in Georgia for the past 17 years, convicted of killing a white police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989. But no physical evidence linked him to the crime and no murder weapon was ever found. Troy was convicted on the basis of nine witnesses who testified against him at his trial. But now seven of these nine have come forward in sworn affidavits to recant their statements. Many say they felt pressured and coerced by the police to name Troy.
Shamefully our court system has never allowed Troy to present this new evidence to a jury. Troy Davis has faced down three past execution dates, once coming within two hours of his execution. Any day now the state of Georgia could be issuing another execution date. We cannot stand by and see justice trampled.
A man's life hangs in the balance. Civil rights hang in the balance. Justice hangs in the balance.
President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, District Attorney of Chatham County Larry Chisolm: You have the power to right this injustice. We, the signers below, urge you to do so.