Thursday, November 01, 2007

Troy Davis, deathrow inmate, needs a new trial

Troy Davis is on death row for murder in Georgia. Here are the salient points of his case:

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen McPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

Even if he is guilty, I don't believe he should be punished with death. If you feel the same way, please sign this petition to help get Troy Davis a new trial.