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Troy Davis - U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Execution

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Today is a sad day for Troy Davis and his family. This is a sad day for justice in America. This is a sad day for race relations in my beloved country. Perhaps this is being done to spark racial tensions and negatively impact Sen. Obama's presidential

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FreeSpirit Running (320)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:05 pm
Oh Mary, I know friend Jossie sent me a petition to sign, sadly. Here is what I received back, sorry I don't have her original email.

Thanks for taking the time to support justice for Troy Davis and Officer MacPhail. If you have not already done so, please forward this urgent action ( to all of your friends.

In solidarity,
The Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty
Amnesty International USA

Hope this helps more people to sign this for him, I will pray for him & his family.

TY for this article for Troy, TY for caring, bless your heart sweetie.
Blessings to all,

Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:13 pm

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:22 pm
Thanks for taking the time to support justice for Troy Davis and Officer MacPhail. If you have not already done so, please forward this urgent action

to all of your friends.

Petition signed and forwarded.

TY, Mary.


Margaret F (117)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:32 pm
I heard earlier today and the news made my heart skip a beat. How can this be? How can the Supremem Court turn away when so much of the evidence/testimony has changed? Thanks to all who have supported Troy and what is right! Please don't give up, what you are doing is so very important.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:32 pm
And some talk about cheapening human life - nobody does it like the hypocrites!

. (0)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:33 pm
i like troy davis i hope they will just give a life sentense and take away the death penalty i don't believe in death penalty there are so many creeps hanging arround i will keep him in my prayers

Mary Neal (183)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 7:54 pm
Thank you everyone for your comments and notes!



Belive me, this is not a good position to be in -- many of you know that it is the position my family has been in for five years:

Thanks for taking the time to support justice for Troy Davis and Officer MacPhail. If you have not already done so, please forward this urgent action

to all of your friends.

Please sign and forward the petition!



Kathleen R (983)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 9:48 pm
The majority, perhaps, of Americans consider themselves good Christians yet they keep "allowing" the sin of murder! Most holler most when an animal is killed, than a human, making it all the more shameful!!

Mary Neal (183)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 10:03 pm
Thank you, Kathleen R. Unfortunately, what you say is true. I am fortunate to have such good friends at Care2. I put out a petition to investigate the death of my mentally ill brother in jail, and it got less than 400 signatures. Yet, I have seen petitions for dog abuse get thousands of signatures. It is sad indeed.


That is why I call my new petition DOG JUSTICE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.

Please sign Troy's petition, and please sign for an investigation for my mentally ill brother, if you have not already done so. Thanks in advance.



Mary Neal

Clever P (176)
Tuesday October 14, 2008, 10:37 pm
Thanks, Mary and Free Spirit.

Tuesday October 14, 2008, 11:46 pm
Noted. I signed today. TY Mary, Free Running Spirit & Jim. I cannot beleive that they are messing around with this poor man's life. What he must be feeling. Its disgusting. I signed the Amnesty usa, now I will sign the other. But I will also forward this. Hope everyone else does too.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 2:28 am
I signed today !
"Thanks for taking the time to support justice for Troy Davis and Officer MacPhail. If you have not already done so, please forward this urgent"

to all of your friends.

RC d (418)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:52 am
This court is too busy carrying out the wishes of BUSHCO and our shadow government to spend any time REALLY attempting to bring justice...insanity reigns.

Sheila G (267)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 4:48 am
ty Mary, we will not give up until there is nothing left to fight for. and what of the real murderer of the Officer? out free, ready to kill again? how horrible to be in Troy's shoes, can't begin to imagine.

aa b (10)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 4:53 am

Sharon Froehlich (99)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 6:24 am
Thank you Mary, and noted,I signed an Amnesty International petiton earlier today. This is terrible. I feel so bad for Troy and his family, but also the fact that justice is a joke in America. This is horrible.
I am so sad and angry at the same time!

Diana P (12)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 8:37 am
What is wrong with society? Only GOD has the right to take a life. I just signed the petition. I hope it helps. God Bless!

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 11:54 am
US join the more advanced part of the world - give up death sentence!!
"The European Union has long since been against the death penalty and its Charter of Fundamental Rights included a ban on the death penalty. The Charter was included in the now stalled European Constitution so that it would be legally binding for the Union. This would have been alongside the Union, as a single entity, joining of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. The EU has been an active promoter of abolition worldwide."
In Europe only in Belarus and Kazakhstan is it still practiced - this being one reason for which they have been refused membership into the Council of Europe.

Check the dates of the last year of use and year of abolition:

Can you believe that the last execution in Finland was in 1825 - more than 100 years ago!!!

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:47 pm
From AI:
the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Troy Anthony Davis' appeal. His
fate is back in the hands of Georgia authorities who may seek a new
execution date at any time.

The Supreme Court's decision to deny Troy Davis' petition means that no court of law will ever hold a hearing on the witnesses who have recanted their trial testimony in sworn affidavits.

Doubts about his guilt raised by these multiple witness recantations
will never be resolved. An execution under such a cloud of doubt would
undermine public confidence in the state's criminal justice system and
would be a grave miscarriage of justice.

The state of Georgia can still do the responsible thing and prevent the execution of Troy Davis:
Write a letter to the editor calling on Georgia to stop the execution of Troy Davis!
Call on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider its previous decision and grant clemency to Troy Davis.
Urge your friends and family to go to or text TROY to 90999 to add their voices to the over 200,000 that have already taken action on this case.

Joanna D (216)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 12:50 pm
The following commentary spells out the pertinent issues....

The Long Road To The Davis Case

Oct. 14, 2008(AP) Attorney Andrew Cohen analyzes legal issues for CBS News and

The decades-long, law-and-order-fueled trend toward restricting appellate avenues in criminal cases may be reaching its gruesome but inevitable conclusion in the case of Troy Davis, a death row inmate who apparently will be executed soon despite a series of post-trial revelations about his lack of culpability that ought to shock the conscience of even the most ardent supports of capital punishment.

Davis, who is black, was charged, tried and convicted in Georgia for murdering a white police officer. He was sentenced to death in 1991. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime. There was no DNA. There was no murder weapon found on him. Since his trial, seven of the nine main prosecution eyewitnesses against him have recanted their trial testimony. Some of these witnesses claim police coercion or harsh interrogation tactics caused them to be untruthful at trial.

Moreover, a handful of witnesses have stepped forward to claim that another man has confessed to the crime. This "other man," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is one of the two remaining trial witnesses who, not surprisingly, still claims that Davis shot the officer. The final eyewitness (of the nine we are concerned with) initially told the police that he could not identify Davis at the crime scene before later changing his tune at trial and incriminating Davis. Even during this new age of DNA there has been no great movement to resolve these legal and factual conflicts.

Short of seeing a videotape of that other fellow's confession, it's hard to imagine a scenario that more clearly calls out for a full and independent evidentiary hearing, or even a new trial, to assess the validity of the changed narrative about Davis' role in the crime. And, indeed, in an earlier time in our history it is quite likely that the federal courts would have ensured such a review. No more. The highly-politicized, step-by-step closing of the courthouse doors to appeals like this-the intentional restriction of meaningful appeals rights-may send an innocent man to his death.

When Davis' appeal on these issues made it to the Georgia Supreme Court the judges there denied him any relief and declared in a 4-3 vote that there must be "no doubt of any kind" but that the trial testimony was of the "purest fabrication" in order to warrant interceding on Davis' behalf. Got that? It takes only the absence of "reasonable doubt" to convict someone of murder but in Georgia to properly investigate a condemned man's strong claim of innocence judges have to have "no doubt" at the outset of the inquiry that the inquiry will prove his innocence. How, one dissenting Georgia justice asked, can anyone ever meet such a standard?

It's a game that Davis can't win; and that's precisely how leaders of the anti-appeal movement have wanted it. As the criminal justice system has become more conservative, the courts and the Congress have relentlessly created (or recognized) barriers to meaningful appellate review. The stated reason, of course, has always been to diminish frivolous appeals by prison inmates who have nothing better to do with their time than test the judicial system. But today the barriers are so high that they are keeping beyond the reach of substantive review the sorts of vital questions raised by Davis and his attorneys.

Having lost in Georgia, and at the lower federal court level, the defense then asked the United States Supreme Court to declare that the State violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment when it executes an innocent man (or doesn't even hold a full hearing on his strong claims of innocence). At a minimum, the defense believed, the Justices would look closely at the stringent, new "pure fabrication" rule the Georgia High Court came up with in the Davis appeal.

But it isn't going to happen. The same Supreme Court in Washington, which delayed Davis' execution last month, announced on Tuesday that it would not, after all, take the case on its merits. This virtually guarantees that Davis will be executed despite the grave doubts about his guilt. There will be no evaluation of the Eighth Amendment in these circumstances; no considered review of the new Georgia rule; no ardent discussion between Justices Scalia and Stevens about when, if ever, a defendant like Davis can ever get that meaningful new look from the courts.

Why the Justices turned away from a case they had sniffed at last month may forever remain a mystery. But what is perfectly clear is that Georgia has now created a virtually unassailable bar to criminal defendants whose shaky convictions are later subverted through the discovery of new evidence or the dissolution of the accuracy, reliability and credibility of important trial evidence. After decades of success, subtle and otherwise, the anti-appeal movement has just now reached its crescendo or, depending upon your point of view, its nadir.

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 1:26 pm
The corruption in this case is so clear. When the Supreme Court does not want to look at something like this, you can be sure there's something very, very disturbing being covered up, and Troy Davis should not be paying for it with his life !

Elm Morrison (357)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 1:53 pm
The death penalty is final - and against God's will. For justice of a murder, we commit murder? Only human beings can rationalise crap like this. I have signed the petition. My heart goes out to Troy and his family. A sick world we live in. And just a comment about the lives of people being more important than that of animal - by whose, what definition????? Spirit is within every living thing - without it no 'thing' can live. And just completely off topic - the mess of this world is man-made - and animals do not have recourse to appeal after appeal - they die in their millions so people's guts can drip with their blood at barbeques, and so that woman can paint their faces with their blood when wearing cosmetics tested on aimals. I am appalled that a comment so callous can be made on a site like Care2!

Linda B (71)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 2:13 pm
I've been taking actions on this issue, and will continue to do so.

Bronwyn H (228)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 3:16 pm
Noted and petition signed. This decision by The Supreme Court is shameful, what is the real reason for it???

. (0)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 9:08 pm
I have signed Mary we can only pray that it will be over turned. How heart breaking this is. sadly noted

Kathy W (299)
Wednesday October 15, 2008, 11:04 pm
I was in shock when I heard this. I can not believe it. I just hope that justice will be done and that it will not happen when it is to late. Thank you my friend Mary.

Hans L (958)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 3:38 am
Thank you stop the killing Joanna is right!

US join the more advanced part of the world - give up death sentence!!
"The European Union has long since been against the death penalty and its Charter of Fundamental Rights included a ban on the death penalty.

Stop the killing!


Pam F (221)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 4:34 am
Already noted and signed.
I knew nothing about this situation,until recently,and am horrified and dismayed by it,but I have to say - I'm with you,Eureka - I think it's pointless and counter productive dragging animals into a discussion such as this,as though by caring for animals it somehow diminishes your capacity to care about humans. On the contrary,I find that people who care about animals don't look at it as some sort of contest - so many "caring points" for animals = less for humans - but are equally passionate about ALL living beings.
After all - anyone capable of hurting an animal,is just as capable of hurting a human.

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 6:59 am
Once again my thanks to Mary for caring so very much about others, because of your own experience with the jails & judicial system on behalf of your brother Larry, my friend. He is certainly smiling now, knowing that you will not fail him nor others like him. Bless his soul, bless you Mary for doing this without letting anything get in your way, I commend you on your courage to be strong & carry on!

I am in complete agreement with everyone here that says the United States needs to abolish the Death Penalty, there are many people here in the US that feel the same way. We fight for it to end everyday here. For some stupid reason, they have the Death Penalty in many of our states, and in other states it doesn't apply. That's dumb. It should be the whold United States that does away with it!
This is my opinion only.

Your welcome to my friends Jossie, Jocelyn, & Clever. We need to get this out in the open to the public.

OneLove, OneHeart, OneUnity,

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:06 am
Sorry, I would also like to thank Joanna D. for all of the important information that she so kindly provided for everyone.

Walk in Peace,

Cheryl B (375)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:17 am
(updated: 10/15/08; 6:15pm)
Latest news: The Superior Court of Chatham County has issued an execution warrant for Troy Davis starting October 27, which is likely the date the Department of Corrections will set for an execution. The US Supreme Court denied Davis's cert petition (request for an appeal that could have led to an evidentiary hearing or new trial) on Oct. 14.

Take Action!

Stand Firm for Justice!
Global Day of Action for Troy Davis
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Atlanta Rally:
Oct. 23, 6-8pm, State Capitol front steps (download flyer)

If you are outside of Atlanta and would like to organize a solidarity event on Oct. 23, please email

Please continue to collect petitions and send letters for Troy.
We want to collect an abundance of letters for distribution at the appropriate time. Write your own letters and fax them to 404/876-2276, or email them to, or use the online action at (AI is collecting them for delivery at a later time).

Write letters to the editor
Wed like to have a steady stream of people writing letters to the editor. If you would be willing to write one, please email Laura Kagel who will be keeping track of our grassroots media outreach. Its ok if youve never written one before - we can provide guidance/models!

New Ideas: If you have new ideas for action, please contact / 404 876 5661 x12

Stay tuned for other actions

I get these in my email which are backlogged.,

Maryanne C (111)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 3:31 pm
Signed and noted,thank you.

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 9:41 pm
I am shocked. When there is even one molecule of doubt, why would you kill someone? I have been working on his behalf all along and will continue to do so. Sent to all my yahoo friends as well.

Sibianu-Fekete Andreea (10)
Friday October 24, 2008, 1:54 pm
Unfortunately things like this happen when the laws made by an ignorant mankind are punishing things that only GOD can. Justice? I don't thing that the state of ignorancy we are in allows us to even talk about justice. We don't even know who we are, what we are doing here, we are lost in space and time. If he is innocent, he shoud be free, if he's not, he should be free also and be punished by himself and God. We don't have the right to punish something that we don't understand, and I tell you that our justice doesn't understand anything about man and the reasons of one's actions.

Susan M (239)
Monday December 1, 2008, 6:10 am
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