Troy Anthony Davis

Executed by the State of Georgia 10:00 PM Sept 21, 2011

Rest In Peace




 

TROY ANTHONY DAVIS

To take a mans life and then say 'ooph's', sorry you were innocent after his death makes his executors murderers themselves. 

Justice is meant to be for all men. 

Justice is a hope for Troy, not a certainty.

There is much law, many lawyers, judges and they play men's lives in the theatre of a court room, but there is little honest justice.

AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WORLD BLIND
(Ghandi)

Press Coverage

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US COURT OF APPEAL HEARING SEPT. 7TH -- Atlanta Journal Constitution Coverage 
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SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS -- JUNE 26, 2007
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  & AP ARTICLES-- JULY 1, 2007
THE HILL.COM -- JULY 3, 2007
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, LETTER TO THE EDITOR -- JULY 5, 2007
THE GEORGIA BULLETIN -- JULY 5, 2007
DAILY DIGEST RADIO INTERVIEW -- JULY 6, 2007
HIPHOPCAUCUS BLOG -- JULY 7, 2007
WISTV.COM -- JULY 5,2007
ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE NEWS-- JULY 7, 2007
SAVANNAH NOW -- JULY 8, 2007
ACCESSNORTHGA.COM AP EXCLUSIVE -- JULY 9, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION --  JULY 10, 2007
PBA NEWSROOM -- JULY 10, 2007
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NPR --JULY 11, 2007
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THUGLIFEARMY.COM -- JULY 11, 2007
THE NATION -- JULY 12, 2007
VIBE -- JULY 12, 2007
FLAGPOLE.COM -- JULY 12, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION EDITORIAL -- JULY 13, 2007
LE MONDE -- JULY 12, 2007
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REUTERS -- JULY 13, 2007
TIME MAGAZINE -- JULY 13, 2007
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS, Letter to the Editor -- JULY 14, 2007
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NEW YORK TIMES -- JULY 15, 2007
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ORLANDO SENTINEL -- JULY 18, 2007
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THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- JULY 22, 2007
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS -- JULY 22, 2007
OPEDNEWS.COM -- JULY 22, 2007
WALB10-TV -- JULY 23, 2007
DAILY REPORT -- JULY 23, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- JULY 25, 2007
SENTINEL SOURCE.COM -- JULY 25, 2007
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PBA NEWSROOM --JULY 26, 2007
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS -- JULY 26, 2007
SPOKESMAN-RECORDER --JULY 27, 2007
BALTIMORE SUN -- JULY 29, 2007
THE LANTERN -- JULY 31, 2007
FIRST COAST NEWS -- JULY 31, 2007
PRISON RADIO -- AUGUST 2, 2007
THE HUFFINGTON POST -- AUGUST 2, 2007
FINALCALL.COM -- AUGUST 2, 2007
Georgia Supreme Court will hear Troy Davis' appeal -- AJC -- Aug. 3, 2007
EARTH TIMES.ORG -- AUGUST 3, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- AUGUST 5, 2007
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WTOC11 -- AUGUST 6, 2007
46 NEWS -- VIDEO -- AUGUST 7, 2007
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS -- AUGUST 7, 2007
CONNECT SAVANNAH -- AUGUST 8, 2007
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THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- AUGUST 8, 2007
NEWSWIRE.COM -- SEPTEMBER 12, 2007
ACCESSNORTHGA.COM -- SEPTEMBER 16, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- September 17, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- September 18, 2007
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- September 27, 2007
WSAV.Com -- October 1, 2007
DEMOCRACY NOW -- October 4, 2007
BLACK JUSTICE BlogSpot -- October 7, 2007
WTOC11 -- October 9, 2007
ALTERNET -- October 10, 2007
WSAV.COM -- November 2007
WATCHBLOG.COM -- November 14, 2007
TURKISH DAILY NEWS -- November 15, 2007
ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE NEWS -- November 20, 2007
ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE NEWS -- April 21, 2008
SOCIALISTWORKER.ORG -- May 14, 2008
ATLANTA PROGRESSIVE NEWS-- May 20, 2008
THE SUNDAY PAPER -- May 25, 2008
ROME NEWS TRIBUNE -- May 29, 2008
WORKERS WORLD -- June 19, 2008
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION -- September 3, 2008
WTOC11 -- September 3, 2008

Troy Anthony Davis' execution stands, Georgia parole board says
Los Angeles Times, CA - Sep 13, 2008
Seven of the nine witnesses against the convicted cop killer have changed their stories. The Supreme Court is set to hear his appeal, after his execution ...
Death Penalty Is Upheld in Publicized Georgia Case
New York Times, United States - Sep 12, 2008
By ROBBIE BROWN ATLANTA — A Georgia parole board on Friday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989, ...
Convicted cop killer denied clemency
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Sep 12, 2008
By RHONDA COOK The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday refused to grant clemency to convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis even though seven of ...
Attorneys ask to stop Troy Davis execution
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Sep 12, 2008
By BILL RANKIN Typically when a condemned killer is strapped to the gurney on Georgia’s death row and prepared for lethal injection, any doubt about his ...
Attorneys for Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis to Make Final Plea ...
Democracy Now, NY - 6 hours ago
Attorneys for death row prisoner Troy Davis are heading to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles today to ask the state body to commute his death ...
Clemency board keeps its secrets
Florida Times-Union, FL - Sep 13, 2008
By Jake Armstrong, The Times-Union ATLANTA - When the state Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency Friday for condemned murderer Troy Anthony Davis, ...
Board denies clemency after witnesses recant
Augusta Chronicle, GA - Sep 13, 2008
ATLANTA --- The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing from witnesses who now say they fingered ...
Pardons board denies clemency
Online Athens, GA - Sep 12, 2008
AP | Story updated at 10:37 pm on 9/12/2008 ATLANTA - The Georgia pardons board denied clemency Friday for a death row inmate after an intense day of ...
Ga. pardons board denies Davis clemency
Macon Telegraph, GA - Sep 12, 2008
By GREG BLUESTEIN - AP Writer The Georgia pardons board denied clemency Friday for a death row inmate after an intense day of hearing from eyewitnesses with ...
Clemency denied for convicted killer
WTOC, GA - Sep 12, 2008
By Don Logana - bio | email ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for convicted killer Troy Anthony Davis. ...
Defense wraps in Troy Davis clemency hearing
WTOC, GA - Sep 12, 2008
By WTOC staff ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - The clemency hearing for convicted killer Troy Anthony Davis is underway in Atlanta. Davis is scheduled to be executed on ...
Davis Denied Clemency, Scheduled for Execution
WABE, GA - Sep 12, 2008
Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles has upheld the scheduled execution of Troy Davis on September 23rd. That's in spite of new evidence they heard today, ...
Between Life and Execution: The Troy Davis Story
Desicritics.org, India - Sep 12, 2008
I’m neither pro nor anti-death penalty. I believe it should be decided on the case by case basis. And this is one case where I believe that this man does ...
Supporters ask Ga. board to spare condemned man
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA - Sep 12, 2008
By GREG BLUESTEIN - AP Writer -- A litany of defense attorneys, family members and eyewitnesses with lingering doubts urged the Georgia parole board on ...
Troy Davis
Feministe - Sep 12, 2008
In just over a week, Georgia may execute an innocent man. Can you make a call right now to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask them to spare the ...
Supporters rally for Troy Anthony Davis in Atlanta
WTOC, GA - Sep 12, 2008
By Don Logana - bio | email ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - Supporters of convicted killer Troy Anthony Davis protested on the steps of the state capitol. ...
Attorneys for Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis to Make Final Plea ...
Bay Area Indymedia, CA - Sep 12, 2008
by via Democracy Now Friday, September 12, 2008 :Attorneys for death row prisoner Troy Davis are heading to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles today ...
Innocent and Facing Execution Again
Dissident Voice, CA - Sep 12, 2008
by Paul de Rooij A regularly updated resource with links to many articles, quotes, and important information missing from mainstream news coverage about the ...
Pardon, Parole Board to Decide Again if Troy Davis Should Live
MyFox Atlanta, GA - Sep 12, 2008
ATLANTA (MyFOX Atlanta) -- Troy Davis is scheduled to be put to death for murdering a Savannah police officer nearly 20 years ago. ...
Death row's Troy Davis set for final appeal
Axis of Logic, MA - Sep 12, 2008
By Jan Skutch By Jan Skutch Martina Correia has spent 16 years trying to get the murder conviction and the death penalty for Troy Anthony Davis set aside or ...
Death deliberations begin for Troy Davis
WTVM, GA - Sep 12, 2008
AP - September 12, 2008 4:14 AM ET ATLANTA (AP) - A man sentenced to death for killing a Savannah police officer will ask Georgia's parole board for ...
Protesters at Raucous Rally Plead for Davis' Life
MyFox Atlanta, GA - Sep 11, 2008
By: AP ATLANTA (AP) -- It was more like a freewheeling, earsplitting pep rally than a last-minute plea to save a condemned man’s life. ...
Troy Anthony Davis supporters head to Atlanta
WTOC, GA - Sep 11, 2008
By Liz Flynn - bio | email SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In just 12 days, Troy Anthony Davis is set to die. Davis was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer ...
Condemned man's family delivers petitions
Augusta Chronicle, GA - Sep 11, 2008
By Jake Armstrong | Morris News Service ATLANTA -- The family of convicted murderer Troy Anthony Davis today delivered petitions bearing 20000 signatures to ...
Activists call for new Troy Davis trial
WTVM, GA - Sep 11, 2008
AP - September 11, 2008 11:04 AM ET ATLANTA (AP) - Activists are planning a rally at the Georgia Capitol to protest the scheduled execution of Troy Davis, ...
Cummings: ‘Coast Guard Cannot Reach Its Destination Without A Map’
Redding News Review - GA,USA
John Lewis Responds to Troy Anthony Davis' Ruling Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) released the following statement “I was profoundly saddened to hear that the ...
 
Democracy Now
Attorneys for Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis to Make Final Plea ...
Democracy Now - New York,NY,USA
And only the eyewitness testimony is what convicted my brother Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, Georgia of killing an off-duty police officer. ...
 

Alderman gets stay of execution
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
On Friday the pardons and paroles board refused to grant clemency to convicted cop-killer Troy Anthony Davis. Barring the success of last-minute appeals, ...

Executions kill any chance to correct possible injustice
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Can anyone say that Troy Anthony Davis, the accused, is the murderer in this tragedy beyond doubt? The burden of proof was circumstantial by all admission: ...

THE PENDING EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS
Cleveland Indy Media - Cleveland,OH,USA
If Troy Anthony Davis, whose case against him is full of holes, doubts and discrepancies, is executed on September 23rd, it will be, indeed, a travesty of ...

Death Penalty Is Upheld in Publicized Georgia Case
New York Times - United States
It was the second time in two years that the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for the man, Troy A. Davis, despite his lawyers' ...

Troy Davis to Die Next Week: Will Georgia Execute an Innocent Man?
AlterNet, CA - 8 hours ago
By Michelle Garcia, Amnesty International Magazine. Posted September 17, 2008. The case of Troy Davis led to a global call to save his life. ...

Davis family comments on Alderman's execution
WTOC - Savannah,GA,USA
There's another execution on the horizon; Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of killing Savannah police officer Mark McPhail. Davis' appeals just about exhausted ...

Davis to die next week, family still says he's innocent
WSAV-TV - Savannah,GA,USA
Family and supporters of Troy Anthony Davis marched at the Chatham County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The sister of Davis, Martina Correia, asked the crowd ...

State of Georgia to lynch Troy Davis despite absence of evidence
Party for Socialism and Liberation - USA
12, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis, rescheduling his execution for Sept. 23.

'I am Troy Davis’
Connect Savannah.com - GA,USA
12, the final chapter was written in the 19-year legal battle surrounding Troy Anthony Davis. After receiving a temporary stay of execution last July, ...

Workers World Innocence ignored in Troy Davis case
Workers World - USA
By Dianne Mathiowetz In a shocking disregard for justice, the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board refused to stop the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, ...

Sharpton prays with inmate facing execution
International Herald Tribune, France - 10 hours ago
AP JACKSON, Georgia: Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, who faces lethal injection Tuesday for the murder of a Savannah police officer, ...
Sharpton seeks clemency for Troy Anthony Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - 22 hours ago
By JEFFRY SCOTT and MARCUS K. GARNER New York civil rights activist Al Sharpton said condemned cop killer Troy Anthony Davis was “surprisingly upbeat” ...
Susan Sarandon: "Stop the Execution of Troy Davis"
Huffington Post, NY - 5 hours ago
On September 23rd at 7pm Troy Davis is set to be executed by lethal injection by the State of Georgia. He maintains his innocence in the 1989 murder of ...
Sharpton prays with Ga. inmate facing execution
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA - 12 hours ago
AP -- Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, who faces lethal injection Tuesday for the 1989 murder of Savannah police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, ...
Sharpton Counsels Death Row Inmate
WXIA-TV, GA - Sep 20, 2008
JACKSON, Ga. -- Rev. Al Sharpton met with death row inmate Troy Davis Saturday evening, just three days away from Davis' scheduled execution. ...
Troy Davis supporters call for broad effort to stop execution
The Militant, NY - Sep 20, 2008
BY CLAY DENNISON ATLANTA—Supporters of Troy Davis, who faces execution September 23 for a crime he did not commit, are urging the broadest possible protests ...
Parole board denies Davis’ plea for clemency
Rome News-Tribune, GA - Sep 20, 2008
AP ATLANTA – The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing from witnesses who now say they fingered ...
Troy Davis now waits for US Supreme Court decision
WTOC, GA - 29 minutes ago
By Don Logana - bio | email SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - He gave his last recorded statement and was prepared to die. But the US Supreme Court gave convicted ...
Troy Davis and the Supreme Decision
Truthdig, United States - 1 hour ago
By Amy Goodman Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the US Supreme ...
A Day After Stay Of Execution
WSAV-TV, GA - 2 hours ago
By Tina Tyus-Shaw When news came Tuesday that there was a stay order from the US Supreme Court Officer Macphail's son was actually preparing to witness Troy ...
Contentious Case of Troy Davis Continues After Supreme Court ...
findingDulcinea, New York - 2 hours ago
by Josh Katz The Supreme Court’s last-minute stay of execution for Troy Davis, convicted for murder in Georgia in a controversial case that has attracted ...
Barr on Troy Davis
Creative Loafing Atlanta, GA - 2 hours ago
Former Georgia Congressman and current Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr has been an outspoken supporter of Troy Davis, the death row inmate who ...
Davis Stay of Execution Not Unusual Odette Yousef ATLANTA, GA ...
WABE, GA - 3 hours ago
Death penalty lawyers say the US Supreme Court's decision to stay Troy Davis's execution yesterday was not unusual. They warn that it should not be taken as ...
Ga. officer's family angered by execution delay
The Associated Press - 3 hours ago
ATLANTA (AP) — After a Georgia inmate convicted of murdering a police officer was spared from execution a second time, the condemned man's widely publicized ...
Answer questions in Davis case
The Wichita Eagle, KS - 6 hours ago
Maybe Troy Davis really did murder Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, but the US Supreme Court was right Tuesday to stay his execution ...
Stay of execution for Troy Davis
Amnistía Internacional - 6 hours ago
Troy Davis received a stay of execution on Tuesday less than two hours before he was due to be put to death by lethal injection. ...
Our Civilized Murders
Huffington Post, NY - 6 hours ago
Two hours before Troy Davis was scheduled to die, the US Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution. Davis is an African-American man, who was convicted ...
Families' reactions to court decision
WTOC, GA - 7 hours ago
By Don Logana - bio | email JACKSON, GA (WTOC) - A stay of execution has been granted for Troy Anothony Davis is for one week. It comes down to two families ...
Davis supporters pleased with courts decision
WTOC, GA - 7 hours ago
By Christy Hutchings - bio | email SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Outside the Chatham County courthouse Troy Anthony Davis supporters could be heard singing and ...
US Supreme Court Orders Delay of Troy Davis' Execution
Sunday Paper, GA - 7 hours ago
The US Supreme Court stepped in just two hours before Troy Davis was scheduled to be excuted yesterday and ordered a reprieve until the Court can decide if ...
Last Minute Stay Of Execution Issued In Georgia; Man Executed In ...
DigitalJournal.com, Canada - 9 hours ago
As a convicted criminal in Florida departs the earth for murdering two children and raping and shooting their mom, another criminal in Georgia is given a ...
Atlanta Politics Examiner
Examiner.com - 11 hours ago
Eric Ture Muhammad has covered politics as both a national and United Nations correspondent for The Final Call newspaper. He also covers the International ...
Inmate who Claims Innocence Gets Supreme Court Stay of Execution
ABA Journal, IL - 12 hours ago
By Debra Cassens Weiss A Georgia death-row inmate whose claims of innocence have attracted international attention has won a stay of execution from the US ...
Supreme Court To Decide Fate of Troy Davis: Does Innocence Matter?
Black Agenda Report, NJ - 12 hours ago
by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon Yesterday, with less than two hours left till his scheduled execution, The US Supreme Court intervened in the case of ...
Death Row Execution Stay
Sky News, UK - 14 hours ago
The US Supreme Court has awarded a convicted murderer a stay of execution, less than two hours before he was due to be given a lethal injection. ...
Supreme Court Stays Execution of Ga. Man
Washington Post, United States - 16 hours ago
ATLANTA -- The US Supreme Court gave a reprieve Tuesday to a condemned Georgia man, less than two hours before he was to be executed for the 1989 slaying of ...
High court grants stay
Augusta Chronicle, GA - 16 hours ago
JACKSON, Ga. --- In an 11th-hour move, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a reprieve for Savannah murder convict Troy Anthony Davis less than two hours ...
Ga. cop killer gets last-minute execution reprieve
KGAN, IA - 16 hours ago
The death row inmate was given a stay by the US Supreme Court Tuesday, less than two hours before he was to be executed for the 1989 murder of an off-duty ...
Convicted Georgia Police Killer Granted Stay Of Execution
WJBF-TV, GA - 17 hours ago
Convicted cop killer, Troy Davis, has been granted a stay of execution. The stay was granted late Tuesday afternoon. Davis was convicted of killing a ...
Cop Killer Gets Last-Minute Reprieve
About - News & Issues, NY - 17 hours ago
Less than two hours before his scheduled execution, the US Supreme Court granted a reprieve to a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing an off-duty ...
Troy Davis execution stopped
Socialist Worker Online, IL - 17 hours ago
Nicole Colson reports on the last-minute reprieve from the US Supreme Court that saved an innocent man from the death chamber in Georgia. ...
Supreme Court issues stay of execution for Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - 18 hours ago
By RHONDA COOK, BILL RANKIN, MARCUS K. GARNER Jackson — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay of execution for Troy Anthony Davis less than two ...
Ga. man gets stay of execution
UM Maneater, MO - 18 hours ago
The US Supreme Court issued a last-minute reprieve tonight for a Georgia man who was just two hours away from receiving the death penalty, according to an ...
US Supreme Court issues stay two hours before execution
Monsters and Critics.com - 18 hours ago
Washington - A Georgia inmate convicted of killing a police officer received a stay of execution from the US Supreme Court two hours before he was to be put ...
Last-minute death row reprieve
Courier Mail, Australia - 19 hours ago
THE US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to an inmate due to be put to death for the murder of a policeman with only hours to spare. ...
NAACP leaders support Davis stay of execution
WALB-TV, GA - 20 hours ago
By Len Kiese - bio | email TERRELL COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Some South Georgia NAACP leaders planned to hold a vigil for Troy Davis Tuesday night. ...
Davis Supporters Pleased with Supreme Court Decision
MyFox Atlanta, GA - 20 hours ago
ATLANTA (MyFOX Atlanta) -- Less than two hours before he was scheduled to die, the United States Supreme Court stayed the execution of death row inmate Troy ...
Troy Davis Deserves a New Trial
AlterNet, CA - Sep 25, 2008
By Amy Goodman, King Features Syndicate. Posted September 25, 2008. The Supreme Court will decide Monday whether it will take Davis' case. If it doesn't, ...
Capital punishment, fatally flawed
Baltimore Sun, United States - Sep 25, 2008
Ina democracy, there can be no greater miscarriage of justice than the execution of an innocent person. Yet this week, the state of Georgia came ...
World leaders encourage Georgia to stay execution
University of Evansville Crescent online,  United States - Sep 26, 2008
ATLANTA—Barring a last-minute stay, Troy Anthony Davis will be executed by lethal injection next week for the murder of a Savannah, Ga., police officer. ...
Day of action for Troy Davis
Socialist Worker Online, IL - Sep 25, 2008
On Monday, September 29, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty is calling on people to make calls, send faxes and hold demonstrations to stop the execution ...
Seeking Justice on Death Row
Washington Post, United States - Sep 27, 2008
By now you may know about Troy Anthony Davis, the 39-year-old death row inmate from Georgia who received a temporary stay of execution from the US Supreme ...
US top court stays Georgia inmate's execution
International Herald Tribune, France - Sep 26, 2008
By Matthew Bigg The US Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a convicted murderer due to be put to death on Tuesday night amid doubt over his guilt ...
Inside The Effort To Stop Troy Davis' Execution
NPR - Sep 26, 2008
News & Notes , September 26, 2008 · Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday until the US Supreme Court granted him a last-minute stay of ...
Troy Davis’ Fate in Hands of SCOTUS
WRBL, GA - 21 minutes ago
By Kelly O'Connell Reporter The US Supreme Court will decide if they will grant cert in the Troy Davis case. Davis is accused of shooting police officer ...
Goodman: Supreme decision
Daily Camera, CO - 19 hours ago
By Amy Goodman Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the US Supreme ...
Troy Davis Supporters Rally
WSAV-TV, GA - Sep 27, 2008
By Alice Massimi Supporters of Troy Davis -- the Savannah native currently on death row -- rallied once again today. They called on the community to pray ...
Community holds rally for Davis
WTOC, GA - Sep 27, 2008
By WTOC staff SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Today, people from different neighborhoods and communities came together to support Troy Davis, a man convicted of crime ...
Death penalty flawed policy
Galesburg Register-Mail, IL - Sep 26, 2008
By ARIANNA TIMKO I am hoping to bring attention to the national case of American citizen Troy Davis. Until Sept. 23 of this year, Davis was an inmate in the ...
A real life-and-death decision
Augusta Chronicle, GA - Sep 26, 2008
The surest way to destroy public support for the death penalty would be to execute an innocent man. This is why the US Supreme Court's stay of execution ...

Troy Davis’ Fate in Hands of SCOTUS
WRBL, GA - 23 minutes ago
By Kelly O'Connell Reporter The US Supreme Court will decide if they will grant cert in the Troy Davis case. Davis is accused of shooting police officer ...

Goodman: Supreme decision
Daily Camera, CO - 19 hours ago
By Amy Goodman Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the US Supreme ...

Troy Davis Supporters Rally
WSAV-TV, GA - Sep 27, 2008
By Alice Massimi Supporters of Troy Davis -- the Savannah native currently on death row -- rallied once again today. They called on the community to pray ...

Community holds rally for Davis
WTOC, GA - Sep 27, 2008
By WTOC staff SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Today, people from different neighborhoods and communities came together to support Troy Davis, a man convicted of crime ...

Troy Davis appeal request before US Supreme Court
WTOC, GA - 12 hours ago
By WTOC staff SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Convicted killer Troy Davis' request for an appeal was reviewed today by the US Supreme Court and it looks like he'll ...

Troy Davis case decision expected by Oct. 6
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Sep 28, 2008
By BILL RANKIN When the US Supreme Court meets Monday to decide Troy Anthony Davis’ fate, its nine justices face a fairly straightforward question: Is there ...

Troy Davis and the supreme decision
Hattiesburg American - Hattiesburg,MS,USA
By Amy Goodman • October 1, 2008 Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection Sept. 23. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute ...

Meeting Troy Davis: A Lesson in Faith and Forgiveness
Desicritics.org - Bangalore,Karnataka,India
I'm going to meet Troy Anthony Davis- the man whose case I took up on 3rd September and whose cause I have supported since then with an intensity that has ...
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Finality Over Fairness: The Troy Davis Case
By ACSBlog
by William S. Sessions, partner Holland & Knight, former FBI director and former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas The release of 130 individuals from death row has made clear that the ...

 A Plea to the "Court of Last Resort"
By Suzanne Ito, ACLU
Today former FBI Director William Sessions wrote in the ACSBlog about the case of Troy Davis, and calls on the US Supreme Court to hear Troy's case. Troy was two hours from being executed when the high Court granted a stay of execution ...

Troy Davis and the Supreme decision
By AMY GOODMAN
Troy Anthony Davis
was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday. Two hours before the state of Georgia was to execute him, the US Supreme Court issued a stay until Monday. It had earlier agreed to hear Davis' case on ...

Grief, Rage Pave Path To Deadly Injustice
Hartford Courant - United States
The first time, Troy Davis came within 24 hours of death. The second time, he came within two. Last year, it was a Georgia clemency board that stepped in to ...

US Supreme Court doesn’t address Davis’ appeal
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA -
By BILL RANKIN The US Supreme Court apparently needs more time to look at an appeal from death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, whose claims of innocence have ...

Justice, poorly executed
Boston Globe Editorial
THE US SUPREME COURT'S decision last week to stay the execution of Troy Anthony Davis - 90 minutes before he was to be put to death - does not prove that "the system works."

Death Penalty & Human Rights Troy Anthony Davis Case
By US Human Rights Network
Featuring Martina Carrera, National Steering Committee Chair for Amnesty International's Death Penalty Program; she is also Anti-death penalty coordinator for the state of Georgia and sister of Troy Davis. Troy Anthony Davis is ...

 
Compassion, certainly, but justice too
Statesman Journal, OR - 6 hours ago
By Leonard Pitts Jr. • Tribune Media Services The first time, Troy Davis came within 24 hours of death. The second time, he came within two. ...
Troy Davis awaits US Supreme Court decision
Creative Loafing Atlanta, GA - Oct 13, 2008
On Oct. 10, the US Supreme Court met to decide whether to hear the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whose innocence claims have generated ...
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Los Angeles Times, CA - 34 minutes ago
Death row inmate Troy Davis. The Supreme Court cleared the way today for Davis to be put to death for killing a police officer. The final appeal from Troy ...
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AlterNet, CA - 48 minutes ago
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CNN - 59 minutes ago
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BBC News, UK - 1 hour ago
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AFP - 1 hour ago
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Washington Post, United States - 1 hour ago
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ABC News - 1 hour ago
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The Associated Press - 2 hours ago
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The BLT, DC - 34 minutes ago
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Javno.hr, Croatia - 1 hour ago
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Reason Online, CA - 1 hour ago
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JURIST - 1 hour ago
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United Press International - 2 hours ago
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Rejected by high court, Davis faces execution
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By Bill Rankin, Rhonda Cook The US Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for Troy Anthony Davis’ execution, declining to enter a contentious debate as to ...

 New execution date set for Troy Anthony Davis
WTOC - Savannah,GA,USA
By Don Logana - bio | email SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One day after a stay of execution was lifted, a new execution date has been set for Troy Anthony Davis. ...

Execution date set for Troy Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By RHONDA COOK Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of killing an off-duty police officer in 1989, is to be executed Oct. 27. The date was set after a Chatham ...

New execution date set for Troy Anthony Davis
WTOC - Savannah,GA,USA
By WTOC staff SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Judge Penny Haas Freesemann has signed the death warrant for convicted killer Troy Anthony Davis. The order states that ...

Judge Signs Execution Order for Troy Davis
WSAV-TV - Savannah,GA,USA
By Randi Hempel Judge Freesemann has signed the execution order for Troy Anthony Davis, the man convicted of killing former Savannah police officer Mark ...

Troy Anthony Davis V The State of Georgia
Pacifica Radio - USA
It does to Troy Anthony Davis, his family, friends, attorneys, and hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide. Troy Davis and various attorneys ...

Without use of warrants, the FISA AMENDMENTS ACT gives ...
American Chronicle - Beverly Hills,CA,USA
Act now to demand justice and stop the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. Once again, Troy Anthony Davis has been issued a date for execution by the Chatham ...

 
Don't let them kill an innocent man
Socialist Worker Online - Chicago,IL,USA
WHAT WILL be the fate of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis? Will the state of Georgia get its way and put him to death? Troy and his supporters held out ...

The Long Road To The Davis Case
CBS Evening News
Andrew Cohen
Examines A Ga. Murder Case That May Send An Innocent Man To His Death Oct 14, 2008

Questions of Innocence
Washington Post - United States
As I read with shock that the US Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis [news story, Oct. 15], ...

Troy Davis: Will An Innocent Man Be Executed?
Blackvoices - USA
Troy Anthony Davis is to be executed in the coming days. Troy Anthony Davis is likely an innocent man. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and other large ...
 

Davis backers come in all stripes
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Oct 26, 2008
By Anne Emanuel In his Oct. 21 op-ed about the Troy Davis death penalty case, Spencer Lawton, the district attorney who prosecuted the case in 1991, ...
Video: Execution Delayed for Convict in '89 Ga. Killing
AssociatedPress - Oct 25, 2008
A federal appeals court has given a last-minute reprieve to Troy Davis, a Georgia man set to be executed for the 1989 killing of an off-duty Savannah, ... Show video
Judges Delay Execution in Disputed Georgia Case
Washington Post, United States - Oct 25, 2008
ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court gave a last-minute reprieve Friday to a Georgia man who was set to be executed Monday for the 1989 killing of an off-duty ...
Court issues stay, lets Davis make his case
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Oct 25, 2008
By Bill Rankin, Rhonda Cook The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday halted Troy Anthony Davis’ execution, the third time his life has been spared ...
Execution of Georgia Man in Killing of Officer Is Stayed a Third Time
New York Times, United States - Oct 24, 2008
By ROBBIE BROWN ATLANTA — A federal appeals court on Friday halted the execution of a Georgia inmate convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer, ...
Is it too much to hope somebody will finally listen?
Seattle Times, United States - Oct 24, 2008
This is a rewrite. In the column originally prepared for this space, I said that Troy Davis was scheduled to die Monday — to be killed. ...
Execution delayed for convict in '89 Ga. killing
The Associated Press - Oct 24, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court gave a late reprieve Friday to a Georgia man set to be executed for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer in ...
Death row man handed new reprieve
BBC News, UK - Oct 24, 2008
A US court has given a last-minute stay of execution to a Georgia man who was due to be put to death for the killing of an off-duty police officer. ...
Another 11th-hour stay for US death row inmate Troy Davis
AFP - Oct 24, 2008
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Troy Davis, a black American who has spent 17 years on death row for the murder of a white policeman, was Friday granted a stay of ...
Court issues stay of execution for Troy Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Oct 24, 2008
By BILL RANKIN, RHONDA COOK The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday stayed the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, who was scheduled to be put to death ...
Stay of execution issued for convicted cop killer
CNN - Oct 24, 2008
(CNN) -- The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of execution Friday for a Georgia death row inmate who had been scheduled to die on Monday. ...
Appeals court halts execution of Ga. cop killer
The Associated Press - Oct 24, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man accused of gunning down an off-duty police officer in 1989. ...
Rallies protest impending execution of Troy Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Oct 23, 2008
By CHRISTIAN BOONE Rallies were held around the globe Thursday as part of a final push to save the life of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis. ...
Lawyers file 11th hour appeal for US death row inmate
AFP - Oct 23, 2008
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Lawyers for death row inmate Troy Davis -- whose case has triggered an international outcry -- have filed a motion to delay his imminent ...
My Visit With Troy Davis, a Man Facing Death on October 27th
AlterNet, CA - Oct 23, 2008
By Federica Valla, American Observer. Posted October 23, 2008. Twice, Davis has said goodbye to loved ones but had his life spared. ...
RIGHTS-US: New Davis Reprieve Raises Hopes of Retrial
Inter Press Service, Italy - 8 hours ago
By Jonathan Springston ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 27 (IPS) - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has stayed the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony ...
Troy Davis Gets Third Stay of Execution
Political Affairs Magazine, NY - 13 hours ago
By Jonathan Springston (APN) ATLANTA - A federal appeals court in Atlanta stayed the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis just days before his ...
Lawyers Planning Last-Minute Challenges as Time Running Out for ...
Democracy Now, NY - 17 hours ago
The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday stayed the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, who was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Monday ...
YM Blog-a-Thon: Troy Davis & The Death Penalty
New America Media, CA - 18 hours ago
Troy Davis was scheduled to be executed on Monday, October 27th, 2008, but today received a stay of execution by the Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta. ...
Troy Davis Gets Another Execution Reprieve
About - News & Issues, NY - 20 hours ago
A federal appeals court has given Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis another stay of his scheduled execution while his attorneys scramble to continue the ...
Saved from the death chamber
Socialist Worker Online, IL - 21 hours ago
Patrick Dyer and Rebekah Ward report from Georgia on another last-minute victory for an innocent man. FOR THE third time in 16 months, Georgia death row ...
Eleventh Circuit grants new stay of Davis execution
JURIST - Oct 26, 2008
[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals [court website] on Friday granted [order, PDF] a provisional stay of the execution ...
Support grows for Davis as his execution is stayed
Coalition mondiale contre la peine de mort, France - Oct 26, 2008
Troy Davis’s execution was stayed on October 23, four days before he was scheduled to die, as activists took action on his behalf all over the world. ...
Can Georgia Do Right?
CounterCurrents.org, India - Oct 26, 2008
By David Morse Is the legal system of the state of Georgia up to the task – when the task is to rectify the flawed trial of a black man accused of killing a ...
People’s movement stops execution of Troy Davis
Workers World - Oct 25, 2008
By Dianne Mathiowetz On Oct. 23, rallies for Troy Davis, an innocent Black man scheduled to be executed in Georgia, were held in 14 US cities including ...
Locals speak out against execution
WRDW-TV, GA - Oct 25, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis was supposed to die for his crimes Monday, but now he won't have to...at least for now. ...
US Circuit Court grants Troy Davis stay of execution
Sunday Paper, GA - Oct 25, 2008
On Friday, Oct. 24, the Eleventh US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution for Troy Davis who was convicted of the Aug. ...
European Parliament issue appeal against execution of Troy Davis
cafebabel.com, France - Oct 25, 2008
By Babel Strasbourg on Saturday, October 25 2008, 11:55 - Permalink By Katherine Short On 22nd October, the Presidency of the European Union issued a ...
Will Obama save Troy Davis from death row?
France24, France - Oct 24, 2008
After 17 years on death row, Troy Davis was to be executed Monday in Georgia. On Friday, an appeals court granted him a stay on his execution. ...
Supporters of Davis hold mock funeral
Florida Times-Union, FL - Oct 24, 2008
By Jake Armstrong, The Times-Union ATLANTA - The casket they carried was empty, but supporters of Troy Anthony Davis were convinced justice would be its ...

READERS WRITE
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
... Caroline Leach, Tom Durrett Following are two of an approximate 3000 letters to the editor asking to stop the execution of Troy Anthony Davis (right), ...

METRO WEEK IN REVIEW: Oct. 19-25
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis won another reprieve Friday when the federal appeals court in Atlanta issued a conditional stay of execution. ...

Lawyers Planning Last-Minute Challenges as Time Running Out for ...
Democracy Now - New York,NY,USA
Georgia death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be executed Monday night. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to hear Davis’s appeal ...

Wanda’s Picks for Oct. 24, 2008
San Francisco Bay View - San Francisco,CA,USA
Check out the show on Wednesdays, 6-7 am, and Fridays, 8-10 am Today we had an exclusive interview with Troy Anthony Davis’ sister Martina Correia, ...

Time for Troy is Now
Bay Area Indymedia - San Francisco,CA,USA
by Mumia Abu-Jamal As these words are written, Troy Davis's life may be measured in hours, if Georgia has its way. His case is proof positive of how easy it ...

Emergency actions to save Troy Davis’ life
Workers World - USA
Thousands of people are mobilizing in a last minute effort to stop the execution of Troy Anthony Davis on Monday, Oct. 27 in Georgia. ...

Lawyers Planning Last-Minute Challenges as Time Running Out for ...
Democracy Now - New York,NY,USA
The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday stayed the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, who was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Monday ...

Europeans fight against death penalty
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
AP Strasbourg, France —- The European parliament is strongly protesting Georgia’s plans to execute Troy Anthony Davis. Davis, who has been sentenced to ...

Help prevent Troy Davis' execution this coming Monday
MODKRAFT.dk - København,Sjælland,Denmark
The US Supreme Court, without any explanation and in a one-sentence declaration on October 14, has refused Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis a ...

Georgia Inmate's Execution Postponed For Third Time
NPR - USA
Tell Me More, October 28, 2008 · Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate, was scheduled to be put to death yesterday, but received a stay of execution issued ...

After Third Stay of Execution, Could Troy Davis Win a New Trial?
AlterNet - San Francisco,CA,USA
ATLANTA, Georgia, Oct 27 (IPS) -- A federal appeals court in Atlanta has stayed the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis scheduled for ...

The Message: A Poem for Troy Davis
African Path - Minneapolis,MN,USA
“The Troy Davis case involves Troy Anthony Davis, an American sports coach, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of a Savannah ...

Truthfulness, Justice and the American Way
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA
While the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, so does that of Troy Anthony Davis (details in my 9/22/08 "Faith-Based Cruelty" post). ...

Savannah Chapter of NAACP defends Troy Davis
WTOC - Savannah,GA,USA
"I, Prince Jackson, the PHD, do not believe Troy Anthony Davis is guilty," he told WTOC. Jackson says back in 1991, when nine witnesses testified and said ...

Savannah's NAACP Branch Speaks Out About Troy Davis Case
WSAV-TV - Savannah,GA,USA
By Alaina Anderson The NAACP Branch in Savannah is asking the Federal Court of Appeals to order the examination of new evidence in the Troy Anthony Davis ...

Savannah Branch NAACP Calls for Intervention in the Troy Davis Case
Savannah Tribune - savannah,ga,USA
The Savannah Branch NAACP expresses hope that the Federal Court of Appeals will order the examination of the new evidence in the Troy Anthony Davis murder ...
 

Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court
Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA - Nov 17, 2008
Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murder, is asking the courts to hear evidence that key government witnesses have repudiated their testimony against him. ...

Court issues stay of execution for Troy Davis
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
By BILL RANKIN, RHONDA COOK The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday stayed the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, who was scheduled to be put to death

Appeals court to hear Davis case Dec. 9
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus,GA,USA
9 on whether death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis can continue to challenge his conviction in the killing of a Savannah police officer. ...

2000 Man Worship Service: "Brothers, I Stand With You"
Savannah Tribune - savannah,ga,USA
Bob Bryant, Dr. JW Jamerson, II, radio's E. Larry McDuffie, Attorney Lester Johnson, III, AASU's president Dr. Thomas Jones, Troy Anthony Davis' family, ...

Capital punishment still an issue
Observer Online - IN,USA
Both recently urged the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to reverse its decision to deny clemency to Troy Anthony Davis, sentenced to death for the 1989 ...

Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murder, is asking the courts to hear evidence that key government witnesses have repudiated their testimony against him. ...

The ultimate injustice
People's Weekly World - USA
The state of Georgia is set to kill Troy Anthony Davis on Oct. 27. Earlier this month, the US Supreme refused to take up Mr. Davis' appeal, terminating a ...

11th Circuit Raises Big Questions by Delving Into Death Row Case
Law.com - San Francisco,CA,USA
When the US Supreme Court last month refused to hear the case of Troy Anthony Davis, whose claims of innocence had delayed the lethal injection he was to ...

SADLY OPRAH,THESE REALLY ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ISSUES !
Cleveland Indy Media - Cleveland,OH,USA
WHERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD COURT WHEN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF POORER AMERICANS LIKE TROY DAVIS ARE BEING DENIED JUSTICE IN AMERICA ? ...
 

Federal court rejects Troy Davis' appeal
Atlanta Journal Constitution - ‎6 hours ago‎
By BILL RANKIN The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday rejected death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis' bid for a new trial on claims he did not kill ...
Georgia: Inmate's Appeal Rejected
New York Times - ‎9 hours ago‎
By AP A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by a Georgia death row inmate in the killing of a Savannah police officer. A three-judge panel of the ...

No new trial for convicted cop killer on Georgia death row

CNN - ‎13 hours ago‎
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A federal appeals panel has rejected the application of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis for a new trial. ...
Troy Davis Loses Bid To Avoid Execution
WSBtv.com - ‎4 hours ago‎
ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal for a new trial by death row inmate Troy Davis, who claims he is innocent of charges that ...
Across Georgia
Augusta Chronicle - ‎9 hours ago‎
ATLANTA --- A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis in the killing of a Savannah police officer. ...
Davis family says they're not done fighting for Troy
WTOC - ‎11 hours ago‎
By Christy Hutchings - bio | email SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Martina Correia has spent years trying to prove her brother, Troy Anthony Davis, is not a killer. ...
Troy Anthony Davis Appeal Denied
The Moderate Voice - ‎12 hours ago‎
By JOE WINDISH, Technology Editor On October 22, 2008, Troy Anthony Davis (“Davis”), a Georgia death row inmate, has filed an application with this Court ...
US court denies appeal for police officer's killer
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - ‎15 hours ago‎
By GREG BLUESTEIN - AP Writer -- A federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way for a Georgia man to be put to death for killing a Savannah police ...
AIUSA condemns 11th circuit court decision to deny Troy Davis appeal
WTOC - ‎16 hours ago‎
(Atlanta) - Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) condemned in the strongest terms today's 11 th Circuit Court decision to deny Troy Davis a second petition for ...
Death row inmate Troy Davis loses federal appeal
Creative Loafing Atlanta - ‎17 hours ago‎
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The 132nd death row exoneree: implications for the Troy Davis case
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA
Now comes the case of Troy Anthony Davis, where the high court will again be presented with a strong claim of innocence. Troy Anthony Davis was sentenced to ...
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Why President Obama should have Georgia on his mind
Telegraph.co.uk - ‎3 hours ago‎
Unlike presidents Bush and Clinton, there's one potentially controversial issue in the United States that has yet to seriously trouble President Obama - the ...
 
Rally planned for convicted cop killer
Boston Herald - ‎5 hours ago‎
By AP ATLANTA — Supporters of Troy Davis are set to gather on the steps of Georgia's Capitol to protest his execution. The rally Tuesday night is being ...
 
Davis making final appeal
Atlanta Journal Constitution - ‎7 hours ago‎
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Huffington Post - ‎18 hours ago‎
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Death row's revolving door: Courts mull post-trial proof
USA Today - ‎May 17, 2009‎
By Jenni Girtman, AP By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY The timeline of Troy Davis' 18 years on death row reads like most other condemned prisoners' slow shuffle ...

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Tuesday 19 May: Global day of action for a retrial of Troy Davis
The Comment Factory - ‎May 17, 2009‎
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United States

Save Troy Anthony Davis: Georgia is set to execute a man who may ...
New York Daily News - ‎May 17, 2009‎
The State of Georgia has been trying to execute Troy Anthony Davis for more than 15 years, despite compelling evidence that he did not commit the murder for ...
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Democracy Now - ‎1 hour ago‎
Events are being held across the country today to demand a new trial for the Georgia death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis. Davis, an African-American, .
Sentinel Amnesty chapter to hold vigil
The Missoulian - ‎7 hours ago‎
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Georgia, USA

Davis attorneys filing appeal in US Supreme Court
WTOC - ‎17 hours ago‎
By WTOC staff SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Attorneys for convicted killer Troy Anthony Davis tell WTOC they will file their final appeal with the US Supreme Court ...
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WSAV-TV - ‎May 20, 2009‎
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Troy Davis supporters gather, say they still have hope

WSAV-TV - ‎May 23, 2009‎
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May 23, 2009 IrishTimes.com
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Two Part Article from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 11 & 12  2007

State high court taking another look at 1989 murder of Savannah cop


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/11/07

Savannah — On a recent fall day, Sylvester Nathaniel Coles appeared in Chatham County State Court, twitching in his seat as he waited to face a litany of criminal charges.

A wiry man who looks younger than his 42 years, Coles wore a blue and gray workshirt with "Redd" stitched on the pocket. On the streets of Savannah, Coles is known by that name, apparently a reference to his ruddy brown complexion.

Family
Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail was killed in the parking lot of a Burger King in 1989. He is shown in this photo with daughter Madison MacPhail, 1, son Mark Allen MacPhail Jr., 3 weeks, and wife Joan MacPhail.
 
Stephen Morton/Special
Sylvester 'Redd' Coles waits in a Chatham County courtroom Oct. 16, 2007, for for traffic violations.
 
Curtis Compton/AJC
Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder, poses with his mother, Virginia Davis (left), and sister Martina Correia in a picture taken on death row.
 
Second part: High court faces classic murder mystery

THE MURDER, AND THE AFTERMATH
• Aug. 19, 1989, 1:18 a.m.: Police officer Mark Allen MacPhail is shot to death in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah. Three men leave the scene: Troy Anthony Davis, Daryl Collins and Sylvester "Redd" Coles.
• 1:21 a.m.: Police begin the investigation, looking at the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.
• 7:55 p.m.: Coles tells police he saw Davis with a .38-caliber gun, the type used to kill MacPhail.
• Between 7 and 8 p.m. Davis leaves for Atlanta, where he says he plans to check out a job possibility the next day; shortly after, police issue a criminal warrant for his arrest.
• Aug. 20: Davis' photo appears in reports announcing a manhunt for a suspected "cop killer."
• Aug. 22: MacPhail is buried.
• Aug. 23: Davis surrenders.
• Aug. 28, 1991: Davis is convicted of murdering MacPhail.
• Aug. 30: Davis sentenced to die.
• July 5, 2007: Davis' execution is set for 7 p.m. on July 17.
• July 16: State Board of Pardons and Paroles stays the execution.
• Aug. 3: Georgia Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal for new trial.
• Tuesday: Georgia Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments starting at 10 a.m.

In his neighborhood haunts, people speak of Redd in mythical terms. In affidavits, some have called him "a crazy thug" who threatened to shoot people. Others have sworn that they live in fear of him.

First of two parts

In the courthouse, Coles must have found the surroundings familiar. It was here, 18 years ago, that he helped send another man to death row.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 1989, Coles and two other young men fled the scene of a policeman's murder just a short walk from this courthouse. Hours later, Coles volunteered a suspect to the police: Troy Anthony Davis.

Davis, who has always maintained his innocence, was convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

Last July, just 23 hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection, lawyers persuaded the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to suspend the execution. Now they have asked the state Supreme Court to grant him a new trial.

On Tuesday, they will tell the high court justices that police got the wrong man. The right man, they will say, is Coles.

Their motion to the justices contains that assertion: "In the simplest of terms, this is a case of mistaken identity. Since Mr. Davis' trial, substantial evidence has surfaced that shows not only that Troy Davis is innocent, but that Sylvester

'Red' [sic] Coles murdered Officer MacPhail."

Seven of nine witnesses who originally testified that Davis was the killer have recanted. Others have stepped forward to say Coles is the murderer. The Supreme Court justices will decide whether their testimony will ever be heard in a court of law.

In the courthouse last month, as Coles waited to face charges that included speeding and fleeing to elude an officer, he, too, refused to talk about that night in 1989. Asked what he thought about others implicating him in MacPhail's murder, he said, "I ain't saying nothing about it."

The most definitive account of what happened that night is contained in the transcripts of Davis' trial, in police reports and in witness affidavits. Those documents provide a glimpse of the elusive Coles and how instrumental his statements were in the case against Davis.

Coles' story remains central to two families still seeking justice: The loved ones of MacPhail, whose life was snuffed out in a Burger King parking lot, and Davis, whose life soon may end on Georgia's lethal injection gurney.

 

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In the summer of 1989, Troy Davis was almost 21 and living at his mother's house in Cloverdale, a modest subdivision of tidy lots where the residents, mostly black, all knew each other.

His name had appeared five times on charge sheets in the Chatham County court system. The most serious charge: carrying a concealed weapon. He paid a $252 fine.

One police report said Davis' alias was R.A.H. — "rough as hell" — a reference to his street acumen. His family says Rah was short for Raheem, his acquired Muslim name, which means "compassion" or "merciful" in Arabic. That's how his family describes him.

His mother, Virginia Davis, said her son stayed at home to take care of a sister suffering from multiple sclerosis and left $80 on her dresser every payday, even though his minimum wage salary was meager. He wanted a better job, a decent life.

Mark MacPhail already had the stability Davis craved. The former Army Ranger was a Savannah police officer, happily married and the father of two: newborn Mark Jr. and 1-year-old Madison.

MacPhail was only 13 when his own father died of a heart attack, and he was especially close to his mother, Anneliese MacPhail. On dark days after his father's death, he tried to cheer up his "Mumsy." He would put on her clothes or an old hat to make her smile.

His grandmother, who came to stay with the family for a while, told Anneliese: "You thank God for that child."

The month before he died, MacPhail celebrated his 27th birthday at his mother's house in Columbus. It would be the last time the whole family was together.

 

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On Friday evening, Aug. 18, 1989, Davis went to a pool party at a friend's house. People were eating chicken and drinking wine coolers. Davis didn't stay long.

As he was leaving with a friend, Daryl "D.D." Collins, a car drove by, the passengers hanging out of the windows and yelling obscenities. Someone shot into the car and hit a man named Michael Cooper.

Davis and Collins kept going, heading to Charlie Brown's Pool Hall in downtown Savannah. It was there that they ran into Redd Coles. He was outside arguing with a homeless man, Larry Young, over a beer.

"Why don't you leave the man alone?" Davis said, according to his testimony at trial.

"Go to hell," Coles said.

Coles and Young started walking toward the parking lot of a nearby Burger King restaurant at one end of the downtown Greyhound Bus station. It was after midnight, but people were still milling about.

Davis was nosy; he wanted to see how the argument would end. He and Collins followed Coles.

 

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MacPhail had worked his regular police shift that Friday and reported for an off-duty security detail at the bus station. A little after 1 a.m., he heard a commotion in the parking area by the Burger King drive-through window. With his Smith & Wesson still in his holster and a baton in his hand, he ran to see what was happening.

Davis, Coles and Collins were gathered around Young, the homeless man. He had been pistol-whipped and was bleeding from the head.

The three men scattered.

"Hold it!" MacPhail shouted.

A shot was fired. Then two more. MacPhail fell limp to the ground.

He'd been hit in the face. Another bullet pierced his left lung. Blood trickled onto the parking lot.

Within three minutes, police cordoned off the area. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, a colleague frantically performed CPR on MacPhail.

Anneliese MacPhail had fallen asleep by the time her telephone rang. It was her son Bill.

Mark had been shot.

"Is he alive?" she asked frantically.

"No."

——

The police had nothing.

No fingerprints, tire tracks or murder weapon. The bullets extracted from MacPhail and empty shell casings found on the ground — all from a .38-caliber pistol — provided the only physical evidence.

Soon, though, police would tie the shooting of Michael Cooper at the pool party, where Davis and Collins had been earlier that night, to the killing of MacPhail. The weapon in both, they said, was a .38-caliber gun.

A cop was dead and "there was a lot of pressure to get somebody," recalls Louis Tyson, who was on the Savannah police force and knew the Davis family.

Detectives began to interview people in the Burger King drive-through lane, in the parking lot by the bus station, across Oglethorpe Street at the Thunderbird Inn.

Their accounts of what happened varied. But one detail was critical: Witnesses agreed that one of the men gathered around Young wore a white shirt; the other, yellow. And it was the man in white, they said, who first struck Young with a handgun, then shot MacPhail.

At 7:55 p.m. that day, police got a break. Coles, accompanied by his lawyer, walked into the Criminal Investigation Bureau office in Savannah. Coles told police that he saw Davis with a .38-caliber gun at the pool hall and that he had used it to hit Young on the head.

Immediately, police focused their investigation on Davis. They added a color Polaroid of him to a photo lineup. In the next few days, they tracked down Davis' family and friends and searched the homes of his mother and sister.

News of the manhunt appeared on television and in newspaper articles. Davis' trial attorneys would describe it as the "most intensive investigation probably done in the history of this county."

They would also argue that police had fallen for Coles' statements "hook, line and sinker."

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On Saturday night, Aug. 19, about the time Coles went to see police, Davis made his way to Atlanta.

He would later say he went there to check out a construction job. His sister Martina Correia says her brother showed up at her house in the late afternoon and asked for a ride. She says he looked calm, acted like his usual self. About 7 or 8 p.m., they got into her Nissan Sentra for the trip north.

They went the wrong way and stopped to ask a South Carolina state trooper for directions, not something someone running from the law would do, Correia says.

They joked and talked about future plans. Correia dropped her brother off at a construction site in College Park and drove back to Savannah. She says she still had no idea that she had just ferried a wanted man out of town.

When she got home Sunday, she turned on her television and saw her brother's face. Underneath it was a ticker flashing the manhunt for a cop killer.

She watched, stunned, thinking surely there had been a mistake.

——

Why would an innocent man run away? Not just from the scene, but out of town? Anneliese MacPhail has asked that question for almost two decades. "Am I crazy to think that way?"

Correia says her brother was going about his business, as any innocent person would. He called her Sunday, excited about job prospects in Atlanta.

"Troy," she told him, "the police are looking for you."

Correia says her brother thought she was joking. "He had no idea what I was talking about." Later, he would say he had heard the shots fired at the Burger King, but that he did not know the police officer had been killed.

On the phone, Davis assured his sister he was innocent. And he was confident that when he gave his account of that night to police, they would let him go.

——

On Tuesday, four days after the shooting, a line of cars in MacPhail's funeral procession stretched from Trinity Lutheran Church to Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Police officers came from across the nation to honor one of their fallen. MacPhail's older brothers wore their military uniforms.

As the family arrived at the graveyard, they noticed two police cars bolt from the cemetery. Across town, police had gotten word that Troy Davis wanted to surrender. Davis' sister had persuaded him to turn himself in — to protect his own life. "I didn't want him to get shot."

The next day, with Mark MacPhail's body committed to the ground, Troy Davis was lying face down on the floor in a minister's home, awaiting arrest.

Two years would pass before Davis would be convicted of MacPhail's murder, 18 before he would face execution. During his capital murder trial in Chatham County, he would face the witnesses who identified him as MacPhail's killer. Among them was the man who was the first to point the finger: Redd Coles.

PART 2

THE TROY DAVIS SAGA

High court faces classic murder mystery


The Atlanta Journal-Constitutoin
Published on: 11/12/07

Troy Anthony Davis thought his life was about to end.

[Second story in a two-part series.]

 
Who killed Mark Allen MacPhail?
 
 
The Georgia Supreme Court will say whether Troy Davis gets a new trial or waits for execution.
 
Stephen Morton/Special
Sylvester Coles pointed police to Davis. But witnesses have said he's really the murderer.
 
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It was July 16, and he was isolated in a death watch cell at the state prison in Jackson. A clemency board in Atlanta was deciding whether to spare his life.

Often, a clemency hearing is little more than a formality, but this session had attracted the national spotlight.

After 16 years on death row, Davis was a cause célèbre. He had amassed support from the human rights group Amnesty International, Hollywood stars and civil rights activists. Even the pope had sent a letter asking the state to stay the execution.

The attention stemmed from an extraordinary reversal of testimony: Seven of nine key witnesses who said at trial that Davis killed a Savannah policeman in 1989 had recanted.

Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about whether the recanted testimony should be heard in a court of law.

Davis' lawyers will tell the justices that the new testimony not only exonerates Davis in the murder of Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, but also implicates another man: Sylvester Nathaniel Coles.

Otherwise known by his nickname "Redd," Coles still hangs out in Davis' old Savannah haunts. On those streets, according to affidavits, he is considered a thug.

"Since Mr. Davis' trial, substantial evidence has surfaced that shows not only that Troy Davis is innocent, but that Sylvester "Red [sic]" Coles murdered Officer MacPhail," Davis' lawyers wrote in a document filed with the Board of Pardons and Paroles. It is an assertion they repeat in their motion before the state Supreme Court.

 

Damning testimony

On Aug. 19, 1991, exactly two years after MacPhail's murder in a downtown Burger King parking lot, Davis went on trial at the Chatham County courthouse.

The prosecution put on the stand nine witnesses whose testimony, they said, proved beyond a doubt that Davis was the killer. Fairly consistently, witnesses said a man wearing a white T-shirt pistol-whipped a homeless man, Larry Young, and then shot MacPhail before fleeing the scene.

Perhaps most damning was the testimony of Young's girlfriend, Harriet Murray. She said a man wearing a white T-shirt pointed his gun at MacPhail and shot him before the police officer could pull his gun out of his holster. MacPhail was down on the ground when the man shot him two or three more times, Murray testified.

She pointed in court to Davis, identifying him as the person wearing the white shirt that night. "He had a little smile on his face, a little smirky-like smile," she said.

Dorothy Ferrell, who was across the street from the Burger King, identified Davis in court and said: "I'm real sure, positive sure, that that is him, and you know, it's not a mistaken identity."

Antoine Williams, who had just arrived to work the graveyard shift at the restaurant, also identified Davis as the shooter. Davis' neighbor Jeffrey Sapp testified that Davis confessed to the killing just hours after MacPhail died.

When Coles took the stand, he admitted arguing with Young but said Davis hit the homeless man. He said he had already turned around to run from the parking lot when MacPhail was shot.

Questioned about why he sought out lawyer John Calhoun the day of the murder, Coles told the jury he had worked for Calhoun "off and on."

The attorney had accompanied Coles to the police station, where he told officers that he saw Davis with a .38-caliber gun just before the murder.

"Why didn't you just go straight to the police?" asked defense attorney Robert Falligant.

"I don't know," Coles said. "That's what I chose to do."

What Coles had not told police was that he, too, owned a .38-caliber gun. He later would admit it and say he had stashed the gun in some bushes before going to the Burger King. Coles had been convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and could not legally carry a gun.

During the trial — and since — Davis' various attorneys have repeatedly asked why Coles and another man at the scene, Daryl "D.D." Collins, weren't ever considered suspects by police. Why wasn't Coles' house searched after they learned he was carrying a gun that night — the same type as the murder weapon.

Police never recovered a murder weapon — or Coles' gun or the one he said Davis owned. An expert on ballistics, however, testified that shell casings found near MacPhail's body matched those found in the subdivision where another man, Michael Cooper, had been shot earlier that night at a pool party. Davis was linked to both locations.

Savannah police stand by their investigation.

Retired police Maj. Dwane Everette Ragan, who was a lieutenant at the time of the shooting, said in an interview last week that Coles and Collins were "persons of interest." But he said neither fit witness descriptions of the shooter. "What [Coles] did was put names and descriptions on the people in the parking lot," Ragan said. "We're confident we got the right person."

 

Stories changed

Davis was convicted and sentenced to die. But as he aged on Death Row, witnesses changed their stories:

Murray said in a statement signed in 2002 that it was the man following Young who hit him and shot MacPhail.

Murray said: "The man following Larry started digging in his pants for a gun and slapped Larry in the side of the face with it ... I saw the man who was arguing with Larry ... and who slapped Larry shoot the police officer." Coles had testified that he was the person following and arguing with Young.

In 2000, Ferrell signed an affidavit saying that she was on parole in 1989 and feared she would be locked up again if she didn't tell police what they wanted to hear. "I don't know which of the guys did the shooting because I didn't see that part," she said in her statement.

In his affidavit, Williams said: "I was totally unsure whether [Davis] was the person who shot the officer." And Sapp said: "I told them Troy confessed to me. None of it was true."

Three others — Anthony Hargrove, Shirley Riley and Darold Taylor — stepped forward after the trial and said Coles confessed to killing MacPhail. Hargrove said Coles admitted letting a man named Troy take the fall.

 

Prayers for justice

Troy Davis' clemency hearing on July 16 lasted more than 10 hours.

Though the MacPhails saw the hearing as routine, the Davises hoped it would be anything but that. Members of both families testified. Around 7 p.m., the board wrapped up its questioning. It took just an hour to make a decision.

At 8 p.m., 23 hours before Davis was scheduled to die, his execution was stayed.

He had at least another 90 days.

The Davises were overjoyed. The MacPhails, who had followed every twist and turn in the case for 18 long years, felt confused, crushed: When would their ordeal end?

"You hear time heals all wounds," said MacPhail's sister Kathy McQuary. "Not exactly true. It kind of dampens it, but when something like this comes back up, it's like reliving it all over again."

Then, on Aug. 3, the Georgia Supreme Court stepped into the fray, announcing it would hear arguments in Davis' extraordinary motion for a new trial. That hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

State attorneys had successfully used a federal law that seeks to streamline the appeals process in capital murder cases to block the courts from hearing the new evidence.

But Davis' lawyers will argue that a new jury needs to relive that night and hear the witness recantations. But most of all, they will argue, there is doubt as to who killed MacPhail.

Prosecutors suggest that the Davis case has more to do with opposition to capital punishment than with the question of Davis' innocence. They say that Davis' defense lawyers already pointed the finger at Coles during Davis' trial. The witnesses, they will say, either lied then or are lying now. Why should their statements now be more believable than what they said under oath in a courtroom?

The families of both MacPhail and Davis say they will pray for justice Tuesday.

But their prayers could not be more different: One asks for Davis' death sentence to be imposed; the other that it be overturned. The first would close the murder case of Mark Allen MacPhail forever; the other would open it up all over again.

Coles stills roams

Sylvester Coles hasn't spoken publicly about the Davis case since his testimony at the 1989 trial. But Coles' name has been spoken in connection with MacPhail's murder many times now.

Some of the witnesses who implicate him say they live in fear in his shadow. Tonya Johnson kept quiet at the time of the police investigation but says in an affidavit that she saw Coles hide a gun in an empty apartment after the shooting that night.

"I have been scared to death of him," she says in the affidavit. "In fact, he threatened me after this happened. ... But I have decided that I must tell the truth."

When Coles was shot in the chest a few years ago in a street scuffle, Davis' sister worried.

"I said, 'Please God, don't let him die,' " she said. "That would be the end of the truth."

Coles survived and continues to live in Savannah, in the same neighborhoods he roamed 20 years ago. Last month, he appeared in a Chatham County courtroom to face charges that included reckless driving, fleeing to elude an officer, violating the open container law and speeding.

When his name was called, he and his attorney walked up to face the judge and entered his plea: guilty.

The judge ordered Redd Coles to spend 10 days in jail.

— Staff writer Megan Matteucci contributed to this article.

 

Excerpts from other press coverage

LAW & ORDER 
Author: Staff Date: May 28, 2004 Publication: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 

Condemned man loses U.S. appeal

A federal judge in Savannah has turned down death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis' attempt to get a new trial on grounds that police pressured witnesses to falsely testify against him for the 1989 killing of an off-duty Savannah police officer. Since Davis was given a death sentence for killing Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, six of the nine prosecution witnesses who implicated or named Davis as the killer have renounced much of their testimony. .....


AJC Home Edition

Thursday, 10/2/2003
Editorial
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OUR OPINIONS: Don't execute when there's doubt
/ Staff,

Georgia is the only state in the nation that refuses to provide lawyers for
death row inmates making last-ditch appeals, a policy that greatly
increases the chance of executing an innocent person.

For example, six of nine witnesses who testified against Troy Anthony
Davis, convicted of shooting a Savannah police officer in 1989, have since
recanted, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters Bill Rankin and Alan
Judd recently reported. That doesn't mean Davis is innocent, but it does
raise doubt.

But in 1995, when Davis filed an appeal of his conviction in state court,
he lacked effective legal representation. And a federal law passed in 1996
at the urging of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich effectively bars Davis
from presenting evidence in federal court that was not included in that
state appeal.

To get a hearing, the inmate must show that given the new evidence, no
reasonable juror would convict him. That's an enormous obstacle, made even
more difficult by Georgia's refusal to provide legal counsel for appeals.
Though such counsel is not constitutionally mandated, every other state
treats legal representation as a moral mandate, lest an innocent person be
executed.

Davis, like every other death row inmate in Georgia, has to rely on
volunteer lawyers. Unfortunately, the Georgia Resource Center --- the main
source of lawyers for death row inmates --- has suffered funding cutbacks
and had to let two of its six lawyers go this year.

Overall, Georgia has taken a giant step toward reforming its indigent
defense system. But of the 111 inmates released from death row in the last
30 years due to wrongful convictions, six were from Georgia. Another
Georgia case, in which a mentally incompetent inmate, Exzavious Gibson, was
forced to represent himself on his last appeal, may yet reach the U.S.
Supreme Court.

In the Davis case, U.S. District Judge John Nangle ought to ask a state
court to consider the six witnesses' recantation, while keeping the door
open to possible federal review as well. And Georgia, like every other
state, should fund lawyers for death row inmates trying to avoid execution.

Even the staunchest supporters of the death penalty don't want an innocent
person --- or even one whose guilt is in doubt --- executed.

Witnesses recant; law stymies death row appeal 
Author: BILL RANKIN, ALAN JUDD

Staff Date: September 21, 2003 Publication: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) Page Savannah -- Outside the Greyhound bus station on a summer night in 1989, people scattered in every direction. One man, reeling after being pistol-whipped, wailed for police.

Moments later a young Savannah police officer appeared and was shot to death before he could draw his gun. The killer, wearing what a witness called a "little smirky-like smile," then stood over the fallen officer and fired again and again.

Within days, police charged Troy Anthony Davis with .....


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