Too Much Doubt: Save Troy Davis's Life
The state of Georgia is planning to execute Troy Davis on September 21st for the alleged murder of a police officer. But the case against Troy is riddled with holes. Most prominently, 7 of the 9 witness who testified against him have recanted or contradicted their statements. If they go forward with this execution, there's a real chance Georgia will kill an innocent man next week.
But the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has the opportunity to save Troy's life by granting him clemency and reducing his sentence to life in prison. Over 600,000 people from across the country have spoken up for Troy already. Part of that group are more than 3,000 religious leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI.
Many members of the board are active in their local churches, so we know religious appeals carry a special weight. We want to make sure they hear from thousands more people of faith from across the country.
The board is making their decision THIS WEEKEND. Sign the petition below to add your voice before its too late.
Dear Chairman Donald and Members of the Board,
We're writing to urge you to grant clemency for Mr. Troy Davis.
As people of faith, we are committed to working for justice. The tragedy that befell the family of Officer MacPhail was horrific, but executing an innocent man would do nothing to remedy this loss and only add more injustice to a terrible situation.
We are disturbed that the facts of this case mean this irreversible mistake is a real possibility. Seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Mr. Davis have changed their story and no physical evidence links him to the crime.
We stand with Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the 3,000 religious leaders who have already sent you letters affirming that the moral thing to do is grant clemency to Mr. Davis.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this case. We'll keep you in our prayers as you make this life and death decision.