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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Executing innocence: Supreme Court rejects Troy Davis' appeal.

This is unbelievable...the witnesses recanted; the cops were coercive. These people just don't want to admit that American Justice isn't perfect.

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Amnesty International Media Release

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 28, 2011


Amnesty International Deeply Disappointed by Supreme Court’s Decision
Rejecting Troy Davis Appeal


Contact: AIUSA media relations office, 202-509-8194, or
Laura Moye, 202-675-8582


(Washington, D.C.) -- Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) death penalty abolition campaign director, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to reject Troy Davis’ appeal of the federal district court’s ruling that Davis did not prove his innocence:

“Amnesty International is extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court rejected Troy Davis’ appeal. It appears that the justice system is comfortable allowing someone to be executed when there are lingering doubts about guilt in the case. No objective person could confidently determine that Davis is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt from the evidence available now in his case. That leaves an ominous cloud hanging over an irreversible sentence such as the death penalty.


“Because there was no physical evidence linking Davis to the murder, nor was there physical evidence exonerating him, the case rested on a group of witnesses whose credibility was readily accepted for conviction, but so easily rejected in the appeals process.

“The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, as the final fail-safe, has the opportunity to commute his sentence to life and prevent the possibility of executing an innocent person.”

For more information, please visit: www.amnestyusa.org

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