AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNS DECISION TO DENY TROY DAVIS CLEMENCY, CALLING IT
AN ‘OUTRAGEOUS AFFRONT TO JUSTICE'
Following the announcement that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied
clemency to death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director
of Amnesty International AIUSA (AIUSA), released the following statement:
"It is unconscionable that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied
relief to Troy Davis. Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous
cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice.
"In 2007 the Board vowed that no execution would go forward unless there was
‘no doubt’ about guilt, a vow that has now been rendered meaningless. To fail
to re-examine the facts, including allegations about an alternate suspect, and
allow this execution to go forward is an injustice to both the Davises and the
MacPhails. Amnesty International urges the Board to reconsider its decision
immediately, and for District Attorney Larry Chisolm to seek to vacate the
death warrant. Should Troy Davis be executed, Georgia may well have executed an
innocent man and in so doing discredited the justice system.
"The case against Davis unraveled long ago. 7 out of 9 original state witnesses
recanted or changed their original testimonies, some alleging police coercion.
10 people have pointed to one of the remaining witnesses as the actual killer.
There is no murder weapon that links Davis to the crime. Any notion of physical
evidence that demonstrates Davis’ guilt has been debunked."
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist
organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in
more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The
organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public
and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom and dignity are denied.
For more information, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/troydavis