Friday, April 11, 2008

"Where is the Justice for Me?" The Tragic Case of Troy Davis

From Death Penalty Focus:

We can now add the case of Troy Davis to the ever-growing list of injustices in the system of state killing.

Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he steadfastly 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.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles the principle alternative suspect, according to the deefense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

Troy himself has explained what happened:

"In 1989 I surrendered myself to the police for crimes I knew I was innocent of in an effort to seek justice through the court system in Savannah, Georgia USA. ...


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Based on the witnesses' recanting of testimony, Troy Davis is entitled to the very least, a new trial.