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John Legend Joins Efforts To Save Troy Davis

John Legend Joins Efforts To Save Troy Davis

 

Grammy award winning R&B singer John Legend has joined the fight to try and save the life of Troy Davis. Davis was convicted of killing a police officer and is scheduled to be executed in less than a week for a crime he didn’t commit.

Legend has put his support behind Amnesty International’s campaign urging authorities to halt the execution given the significant doubts surrounding the conviction and is urging fans to do to the same.

Legend is not alone in a call to halt Davis’ execution. Pope Benedict XVI, former President Jimmy Carter and the leadership of the NAACP, along with Amnesty International have all called for clemency.

Law enforcement officials are also rallying behind Davis. William S. Sessions, a former federal district judge in Texas and FBI director under President Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton penned a stinging critique of the Davis case and said the execution should be stopped due to “pervasive, persistent doubts” about his guilt.

Davis was convicted of killing off-duty Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail. MacPhail was shot to death while coming to help a homeless man who was being assaulted in a parking lot in the early hours of August 19, 1989. No murder weapon was ever recovered nor was any physical evidence linking Davis to the crime. Davis insists another man at the scene was responsible for the shooting.

Since Davis’ trial in 1991 seven of the nine prosecution witnesses linking Davis to the crime have either recanted or substantially changed the stories told jurors. Still Davis’ attempts to secure a retrial have been refused by both state and federal courts.

The Davis case represents all that is wrong in the American criminal justice system. Please join these efforts to try and prevent the execution of an innocent man.

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7:42AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Free that man !!!!

11:52AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

I am hoping he gets freed

2:23PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

praying............

5:48AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

We're really down to the wire on this. I hope we can have an impact and get the poor guy off death row in time.

1:02AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

May God bless him for at least trying!

10:55AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thanks

1:19PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Kimberly J., thankyou for your comment.

Of course you are right, jury members are actually forbidden access to any other information than that offered in the courtroom, which probably makes sense when one sees what the rainbow press can make of a sensational case.

That was - also - behind my thought of letting the same team work through the truthful evidence: not only the jury might like to have the chance to publicly correct the conviction they pronounced then, as the juror you quoted said, but also maybe one or other of the policemen, lawyers or other acteurs could find release in coming clean.

First and foremost, Troy needs to get off death row.

I'm still praying that Rick Perry is not beyond hope.

1:01PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Faith V, the jury did not hear the truth. I just read another article where several jurors said that if they knew then what they know now, Troy Davis would not be sitting on death row right now. Juries are only allowed to go by the information presented at the trial & not by their gut instinct. If they were allowed to go by their gut instinct, Casey Anthony would have been found guilty.

It's obvious that Troy Davis is innocent. 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted their testimony, saying that the police forced them to say that Mr. Davis committed the murder. The only 2 who have not recanted are law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene after the other officer was killed. Sadly though, even though it is obvious that Mr. Davis is innocent, he will probably be executed. The Good Lord Himself could appear to the Governor and tell him that Mr. Davis is innocent, but he will still be executed. Why? Because he is a black man in the deep south and it doesn't matter that he is innocent. All that matters is that he's black. Sad but true.

12:19PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

And while the police who arrested Troy Davis on the "evidence" of the murderer,

and the jury which convicted him on the "evidence" of the murderer,

and the judge who condemned him on the "evidence" of the murderer,

and the (il)legal system which wants to execute him on the "evidence" of the murderer

all spend 100% of their energy trying to keep egg off their faces by following through on a rash of despicable decisions (which actually daily add more egg to the stinking mess they have put themselves in) . . .


While all that is sludge-drudging on its pathetic way, the murderer of Mark MacPhail is free to take out another cop, juryperson or judge whenever he feels the urge.

And once Troy Davis is gone, MacPhail's murderer is truly safe.
The egg heading for their faces if they posthumously pardon Troy would reach to the sun and blot it out.

Like Troy's life. Gone.

Hot tip for the twits: Now is a good time to pardon Troy, arrest MacPhail's murderer and start cleaning your faces of egg. Please with the same lawyers, judge and jury who tried Troy, if they are available. they need a chance to apologise publicly.

11:48AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Signed few weeks back....John Legend is awesome, I feel in love with him watching sesame street with my daughter : )

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