Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of the August 19, 1989, murder of white police officer Mark MacPhail. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that an evidentiary hearing be conducted to examine alleged recantations by trial witnesses and determine if clear and convincing evidence existed to prove Davis’ innocence.
On August 24, 2010, the conviction was upheld, with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia declaring, “Davis is not innocent.” Davis has been on death row in Georgia since 1991.
The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year. But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent. However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate. In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.
Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony. One juror said in a CNN news interview: “If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”
This Thursday we will talk about this terrible situation and what it means to our justice system. Is the death penalty moral? Should there be another solution? What does this say about institutionalized racism? Join us this week to discuss and support Troy! Click here for the facebook event.
When: Thursday, September 15 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 0101 Tydings, UMD