Troy Anthony Davis

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

Rest In Peace




Call to Action

TROY MOSAIC: LEND YOUR FACE FOR JUSTICE

 

TROY ANTHONY DAVIS

MY NAME IS TROY ANTHONY DAVIS, 41 YEARS OLD.
I HAVE BEEN ON DEATH ROW IN GEORGIA FOR 19 -+YEARS.
TROY A. DAVIS 657378
GDCP PO BOX 3877 G-3-79
JACKSON, GEORGIA 30233

Please write to Troy Davis sending letters of encouragement and support.


4th Execution Date, Call to Action

NCADP.Org Call to Action

Amnesty International Call to Action

NAACP Help Save Troy Davis Call to Action


Dear friends,
 
Last Monday, ( April 18, 2011) I attended the funeral service of Virginia Davis in Savannah, GA. Reverend Dr. Warnock delivered a passionate eulogy for Virginia, which ended with a powerful call to action: The best way to honor Virginia's life, he said, is to fight for her son Troy's life.

I am writing to ask you to help fight for Troy's life.

Troy Davis is on death row for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, GA. Troy has always maintained his innocence, and there was never any physical evidence linking him to the crime. 7 out of the 9 non-police witnesses  have since recanted or changed their testimony. New witnesses have come forth identifying another suspect. Yet, on March 28, the US Supreme Court denied Troy's final appeal, clearing the way for Georgia to set the execution date. Troy's sister, Martina, said her mother "died of a broken heart. I don't think my mother could have taken another execution date."

That execution date could be set any day now. Troy's life will then be in the hands of Georgia's Board of Pardon & Paroles, who has the power to grant Troy clemency.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Sign the Amnesty USA petition, asking the GA Board of Pardons & Parole to grant Troy clemency, and forward it to others.

2. Collect signatures on a download-able version of the petition.

3. If you are a lawyer or a legal professional: add your name to the legal professional sign-on letter

4. If you are a member of the clergy: add your name to the clergy sign-on letter.

5. If you have contacts with legal professionals or members of the clergy, forward them the sign-on letters and urge them to sign.

6. If you have contacts in Georgia, urge them to sign the petition or, sign-on letters (if they are legal professionals or members of the clergy.) It is important that the Board know that this issue matter to folks around the country and around the world--but especially that it matters to folks in Georgia.

7. 1 million Tweets for Troy!
If you are Twitter user than please consider tweeting for Troy.
Some sample tweets include:
When in doubt, dont execute!! Sign the petition for #TroyDavis! www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition
Too much doubt!  Stop the execution! #TroyDavis needs us! www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition 
No room for doubt!  Stop the execution of #TroyDavis .  Retweet, sign petition www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition
Case not ironclad, yet Georgiacould execute #TroyDavis !  Not on our watch! Petition: www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition
No murder weapon. No physical evidence.  Stop the execution! #TroyDavis petition: www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition  
7 out of 9 eyewitnesses recanted. No physical evidence. Stop the execution of #TroyDavis www.tinyurl.com/troyepetition 

Troy's case is deeply personal to me. Troy is a friend of mine. I have corresponded with Troy for the last four years, visited him twice in prison, and written about his case. I have gotten to know and become close to his incredible family, and witnessed first-hand their struggle to bring justice to Troy.

But even if Troy was not my friend, even if I did not know the Davis family--Troy's case should still be deeply personal to me, deeply personal to all of us. As Laura Moye (the Amnesty USA death penalty abolition coordinator) and I were gathering petition signatures in Savannah last week among union-member day laborers, a young man called out emotionally, "Troy could be your brother, your son! This could be any of us!"

Put another way (as the T-shirt in support of Troy states) "I am Troy Davis."

I  hope you will take the time to learn more about Troy's case. Thank you in advance for doing all you can to prevent Troy's execution. As the young man in the union hall reminded me, Troy is all of us.

In solidarity,
Jen Marlowe
www.donkeysaddle.org
 


Update on Troy Davis. From NCADP

A number of approaches to stopping the potentially imminent execution of Troy Davis are in the works, with new ways that you can help coming together regularly.

TONIGHT (4/21/2011) from 7:30 to 8pm EDT, you can join a conference call with AIUSA's Laura Moye and PFADP's Steve Dear to learn the latest. To register and receive the call-in info, click here.

More than 1500 members of the Clergy have signed the letter from religious leaders so far. Let's keep that ball rolling, and please also ask legal professionals whom you know to sign the letter from the legal community, and more.

Just yesterday, a sign-on letter for murder victim family members was launched. Murder victim family members, please click here.

In Georgia, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty are canvassing in Savannah to gather 10,000 signatures from residents of the county that sent Troy to death row. Click here to learn more - maybe you can go help?

The "One Million Tweets for Troy!" effort was launched to raise greater awareness about the fact that Georgia seems ready to execute a man despite serious doubt about whether he is guilty. If you are active on Twitter, click here now.

Learn more and take action at at www.justicefortroy.org. Also, click here to "Like" NCADP's Troy Davis Facebook page.


Troy Davis Hearing Week of Action.
June 22, 2010

Global Day Of Action for Troy Davis;
June 22, 2010


Please sign the NAACP petition asking him to support clemency for Davis. 

Troy Davis photo
Tell Gov. Perdue to commute
Troy Davis's sentence!
Take Action

 

 

Sign now!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/17/investigate-the-injustice

INVESTIGATE THE INJUSTICE

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.

Sign now!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/17/investigate-the-injustice
 


More Requests for Action from Martina

Friends we have two new actions for Troy Anthony Davis one is a Clergy sign on letter and the other is a Lawyer sign on letter to the Governor of Georgia. There is also a Professor sign on letter started by Patrick Dyer for College Professors to sign on I will send in separate email.

If you are affiliated with any religious group please ask Clergy to sign letter.

Please share this information we want to get as many letters as possible. We do not know when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the December 9th Oral Argument for Troy so we need to be prepared in the event of a negative decision. It is my prayer that there is no decision before January because at least we have the old DA and his Chief Asst out of office and we can slow things down a little.
I want to thank all of you for your continued support in this fight to save Troy and support his legal team who have been fighting tirelessly in their extraordinary work on Troy's behalf.
 

Download Clergy Letter

Download Lawyer Letter 


Poetry/Spoken Word Event for Troy in Atlanta -- Nov. 21, 2008


 Martina and her Call to Action.

Please fax Governor Sonny Perdue and say the people do not want Troy Davis executed please commute the sentence, this is destroying the confidence of the people in the state lawmakers present and future and where are concerned about executing someone who has a strong case of innocence even thought the courts have refused to hear new evidence contrary to what the prosecutor is saying and that we will not support a state government killing in our name any longer.
According to the Georgia Constitution Article V Section II, it says the governor does have chief executive powers, that the governor is the conservator of peace throughout the state, so constitutionally there is nothing preventing the governor to step in when public opinion says STOP the EXECUTION of TROY DAVIS. This will not be seen as usurpation of the Parole Board's constitutional power, they are appointed by the governor.
 
Below you have the info on the governor. 
Governor Sonny Perdue (R-GA)
 
1st-term Republican from Georgia.
Photo: Governor Perdue
Bio & Contact Info
 
 
 
Contact Information
Web Site: www.gov.state.ga.us
E-mail: Contact Via 'Web Form.'

203 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-1776
Fax: (404) 656-5947 and 404-657-7332

Washington Office:
400 N. Capitol St., NW, Ste. 376
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-3681
 
Background Information
Party: Republican
Residence: Bonaire
Marital Status: Married (Mary)
Prev. Occupation: Small Business Owner, Veterinarian
Prev. Political Exp.: Houston Co. Planning and Zoning Commission, 1980-90; GA Senate, 1990-2002
Education: DVM Univ. of GA, 1971
Military: USAF, 1971-74
Birthdate: 12/20/1946
Birthplace: Perry, GA
Religion: Baptist
 
Other Information
 
Term: 1st
First Elected: 2002
Percentage in Last Election: 51%
 
 The Perdue's attend the First Baptist Church of Woodstock,  Georgia where he is a Sunday School teacher.

 
We are asking all organizations to do whatever they can and make contacts with whomever they can to bring more attention to the injustice of Troy Davis and the courts refusal to do anything in this case.  
 
The gloves are off people , we are asking any and all organizations to do whatever they can, demonstrations, rallies, marches, sit-ins, all out media blitz, we need to condemn the US Supreme Court and the Georgia Supreme Court. We want to go back to faxes letters to the US Attorney's office and ask them to investigate Spencer Lawton the prosecutor in Chatham County.
 
Ask  them to Investigate prosecutorial misconduct of Spencer Lawton in Chatham County in the Troy Davis death penalty case. Spencer Lawton's record is riddled with prosecutorial misconduct and 4 exonerations, 2 death penalty exonerations. Ask them to open the case of Troy Davis.

1. The United States Attorney's Office

DAVID E. NAHMIAS  US Attorney General

Richard B. Russell Federal Building
75 Spring Street, S.W.
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30303-3309

Tel: 404.581.6000
Fax: 404.581.6181

 

2. Contact the White House Presidential Pardon and ask they look into the case, demand the Parole Board Reconsider Clemency. We understand this is a state case but a federal law is what has hindered the new evidence from being heard. Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996. 

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

 
Phone Numbers

Comments:   202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX:             202-456-2461

 
TTY/TDD

Comments:      202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121
E-Mail  

Please send your comments to comments@whitehouse.gov. Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message. For further up-to-date information on Presidential initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you, please continue to use the White House website.

Note: Please submit messages in text format only. This inbox is unable to receive e-mails that contain graphics or attachments. After it arrives, you will receive an e-mail confirmation indicating successful delivery.

Vice President Richard Cheney: vice_president@whitehouse.gov

The ask of the White House Presidential Pardon and ask they look into the case, suggest Clemency to Parole Board.

 4. Send op-eds to : Mrs. Cynthia Tucker at the Atlanta Journal Constitution is currently soliciting letters from the public about Troy.  She can be reached at: cynthia@ajc.com

 5. Ask the Ga. Attorney General to ask the Parole Board to reconsider

Thurbert E. Baker
Attorney General of Georgia
Phone: 404-656-3300
FAX: 404-657-8733

Thurber Baker Office of the Attorney General 40 Capitol Square, SW Atlanta, Ga 30334 Phone: (404) 656-3300 Fax: (404) 657-8733 tbaker@law.ga.gov  

 

Amnesty Actions


An execution warrant has now been issued for Troy Davis - commencing on October 27.  The exact date of his execution will be set shortly, but will likely the 27th (the warrant lasts for one week, and the date is generally set for the first day of the warrant period).

For those who didn't receive it, please see below for the email that went out to thousands of on-line activists yesterday regarding the recent updates on the Troy Davis case.  Feel free to forward to your networks.  There are currently 4 actions that people can take - 3 you see in the email below, plus a Global Day of Action on October 23rd.
 
  1. Write the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles and ask them to reconsider their decision and grant clemency (the on-line action is still up on the website).
  2. Help spread the word on Troy's case by forwarding this information to friends, family and fellow activists, as well as by text messaging TROY to 90999.
  3. Write a letter to the editor.  A one page guide is attached, as well as linked to in the email below.
  4. Participate in the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis on October 23.  There will be a large rally at the state capitol in Atlanta, GA on this day, and we are encouraging supporters around the world to hold rallies, vigils or actions on this day in solidarity.  A one page guide is attached, and more information will be up on the website shortly.  Some groups are already planning events for days other than the 23rd, and that is just fine.  Whatever people can do, whenever they can do it, is greatly encouraged.
  • IMPORTANT: Please be sure to keep me informed of anything being planed: jcohn@aiusa.org.


As I said, all of this information will soon be completely up to date on the website www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis.  



*************************
Jessie Cohn
Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Amnesty International USA
(202) 544-0200 ext. 244

Abolish it!
www.amnestyusa.org/abolish
 

 

Here is a message my brother Troy mailed to me on September 22, 2008 the night before his scheduled execution in Georgia, it was for all the people who believe in Justice and in him, so I hope you get a small glimpse of what Troy's spirit is really like.

Martina



To all

This is a message from Troy Anthony Davis

I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
 
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can't even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.

I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.

So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis'. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.

I can't wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
" I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!

Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!

Call to Action

One thing we need to keep is the Media in this story so please to everyone please post comments to CNN.com, CBS.com and make comments on the Troy Davis stories and email other national, state and local media where you live and tell them we want to know more about the Troy Anthony Davis case. One element I have noticed missing in all the , media outlets is that no one mentions that the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act is involved, and that is why Troy's case has got to this point. So we want to encourage the media to talk about law and how it does not protect the innocent by limiting the appeals process. If the media knows we want to know more they will do more stories on this case. So get you emails going to all national media. Continue to write op-eds, this is a case of innocence not just the death penalty, eyewitness identification, witness recantation and procedures of law.

Thanks

Martina
 

 

Support Troy's Campaign by buying
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Invitation to join YouTube Group:
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Sept. 16, 2008

Greetings All,

There are four executions scheduled this week and 22 by the end of the year. See a complete list at www.NCADP.org, or receive a weekly update via e-mail by joining the For Whom the Bells Toll Campaign e-mail update list by clicking here.

NCADP is updating you about the Troy Davis case because it is so high profile and so compelling. We also want you to know that Jack Alderman, who was scheduled to be killed in Georgia later today, received a stay of execution so that he would have an opportunity to make a case for mercy to the Parole Board. Since then, the Parole Board scheduled a clemency hearing for this morning (Tuesday) at 9am. It is quite possible that this execution will take place.

On Friday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Troy Davis. Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty writes the following:

We are aware of two entities that can prevent the execution of Troy Davis: the US Supreme Court and the Parole Board. While the Board did deny clemency on Friday, they have unfettered discretion all the way up to the final hour and can still weigh in.

These odds are tough, but they are not mathematically impossible. Therefore, we will direct our fight where we have any chance! And we must not let off the attention and activism. There are some media strategies we are working on to influence the Supreme Court. As for the Parole Board, we want to appeal to them again - but we encourage you not to antagonize the board as this is not likely to persuade them to change their decision! The board members each voted Friday in secrecy, so we do not know what the vote count was, but if it was not unanimous, then changing even one person's mind may be what is needed.

**please send another letter to the board**

You can use the new model at AI's page - copy/paste or you can send the letter directly from the AI page with a few clicks:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis

More information and action opportunities are available here.


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Also, if you are anywhere near Atlanta, or if you know someone who is, please consider the following:


EMERGENCY RALLY/MARCH TO SAVE TROY DAVIS!

This Thursday (Sept. 18) at 6pm

Meet: Edgewood Ave. and Peachtree St.

No physical evidence. No murder weapon. Another man implicated.
Add your voice to prevent the execution!

Please sign the petition: www.gfadp.org

For more info: 404-250-3540 + gfadp@yahoo.com

And finally, here is a little more background, from Counterpunch.org

The Georgia Supreme Court subsequently agreed to hear the death row prisoner's extraordinary motion for a new trial, but in March the Court rejected the motion largely on procedural grounds in a 4-3 vote.

Troubled by this result, Chief Justice Sears stated in her dissent:

"[...] I believe that this case illustrates that this Court's approach in extraordinary motions for new trials based on new evidence is overly rigid and fails to allow an adequate inquiry into the fundamental question, which is whether or not an innocent person might have been convicted or even, as in this case, might be put to death."

Thank you for taking action today!

Abraham J. Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
http://www.NCADP.org
abe@ncadp.org
mobile: 561-371-5204


 
Continue supporting Troy Davis!
 
 

Because of you, Troy Davis is still alive today. Listen to Troy thank you personally.

Last July, despite strong evidence of his innocence, Troy Davis came within 24 hours of execution by the state of Georgia. Thanks to the 34,000 individuals who sent appeals, Troy was granted a 90-day stay.  Listen to Troy tell his story and personally thank you for all your efforts.

The Georgia Supreme Court will decide if Troy gets a new trial and an opportunity to finally present evidence that has never been heard in court. Listen to Troy share his experience:

 

  • There was no physical evidence against Troy Davis.
  • The weapon used was never found.
  • The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony.
  • 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
  • Many of these witnesses have stated that they were pressured or coerced by the police. One of the witnesses who has not recanted is the principle alternative suspect.
  • Nine individuals have signed affadavits implicating this suspect as the actual shooter.
  • Troy Davis has never had a hearing in federal court on the reliability of the witness testimony used against him.
Troy's life was temporarily spared, yet the possibility of his execution still remains if he is not granted a new hearing or trial. Please sign the petition today,  and ask five of your friends to do the same.

Together, we’ll send a strong message to the Georgia authorities that when it comes to the death penalty, fairness matters.

In solidarity,



Larry Cox
Executive Director

* * * ACLU "Tuesday's for Troy" ACTION ALERT * * *


Please join the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, as we continue to call for justice in the Troy Anthony Davis case. Every Tuesday, the ACLU will join Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP), Amnesty International and other social justice organizations in public, peaceful demonstrations across Atlanta to bring awareness to the Troy Anthony Davis case, and to collect petition signatures.

THE LATEST ON TROY:

With the Georgia Supreme Court's denial of Troy's appeal for a new trial nearly six weeks ago (3/17), his legal team submitted a "request for reconsideration" for a new trial. We just received word last week that the Georgia Supreme court has once again voted against a new trial (4 to 3 decision). Our main target of action now is the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board. The Board has executive clemency power (not the Governor, who appoints them). The board can stop an execution and commute a death sentence. A few legal avenues remain, but the board appears to be our strongest chance. They can commute the sentence to life (with possibility of parole) or life without parole.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Come to weekly "Tuesdays for Troy" demonstrations 4:30pm-6:00pm (Atlanta)
Every Tuesday, we will organize a street demonstration with signs for motorists and pedestrians to see around rush hour. We will pass out fact sheets with information about the case and circulate petitions. We will announce where each week's demo will take place.

* Demonstration signs and posters will be provided.

2) Sign the Troy Davis petition or model letter to the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board
Both documents also available at http://www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis

3) Mobilize people for the big demonstration/rally
We are planning a big demonstration and rally at the State Capitol (in Atlanta), calendared for Saturday, May 17th. We need a mass mobilization of people from Georgia and beyond!

As always, thank you for your support and please call me directly with questions.


Sincerely,

Ms. Benétta M. Standly, MPA
Statewide Organizer/Public Policy Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
404-523-6201 TELE
404-577-0181 FAX
bstandly@acluga.org
http://www.acluga.org

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance". Woodrow Wilson
 

If you live in Georgia, we especially encourage you to get connected to the anti-death penalty coalition Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP). To join their email alert and update list, which includes information about the Troy Davis campaign, please email gfadp@yahoo.com or call 404-876-5661 ext. 12.

Activity to educate and take action against the larger broken death penalty system, that Troy Davis's case illustrates so well, is happening across the state and we need more people to get involved so that there are no more horrible cases like Troy Davis's!

Regardless of where you live, we encourage you to get involved in anti-death penalty advocacy groups like Amnesty International, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) , and so forth. 124 people have been exonerated from the nation's death rows in the last 3 decades. Some have been wrongfully executed, like Ruben Cantu and Larry Sullivan. We cannot allow Troy or anyone else to suffer such a fate!

To see the previous Calls to Action click here.

For further info or to learn how you can help please contact:

Information <troyanthonydavis@yahoo.com>
Phone 404 876-5661 Extension 12

Copyright -- Troy Anthony Davis 2004