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Denied Appeal: Troy Davis, Georgia Death Row Inmate

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GEORGIA DEATH ROW inmate Troy Davis has been denied an appeal again. Davis has had three stays of execution. His case is based on witness testimony alone, and seven of the nine witnesses against Davis have either recanted their testimony against him or


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Mary Neal (183)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 8:42 pm
This is very disturbing news.

If there was ever a case that deserved a new trial, Troy Davis' case does. However, today Troy was again denied the opportunity to present new evidence before a jury of his peers and possibly avoid execution. Davis has won three stays of execution with the expectation that evidence about his murder conviction would be heard by a new jury. Again, the answer from the justice system is "no."

The sad truth is that prisoners inside America suffer many abuses and wrongful deaths. There are many other justice issues that should concern us all.

The frist annual HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH is planned for May 16 in Atlanta


Human Rights for Prisoners March Planned for May 16 in Atlanta

PEACEFUL prisoner activists and individuals with an interest in human rights are invited to attend, particularly those interested in:

1) death penalty
2) prison torture
3) solitary confinement
4) life without the possibility of parole
5) trying children as adults and life sentences for minors
6) mandatory sentencing
7) three-strikes laws
8) law of parties
9) criminalizing mental illness, including PTSD among American veterans
10) relocating prisoners out of state, which restricts visits even for sick prisoners
11) private prison profiteering - especially by decision-makers with positions in criminal justice (conflicts of interest)
12) excessive sentencing and unacceptable disparities in sentencing for similar offenses
13) enforcement of Freedom of Information Act
14) prisoner healthcare
15) increased funding for public defenders
16) post-conviction DNA testing
17) no penalty or misdemeanor charge for less than one oz. of marijuana
18) strict enforcement against police and prison brutality; prosecution of 100% of offenders
19) new trials with substantial new evidence, like the Troy Davis case
(Is Davis is preserved to execute one day and set off riots to excuse Martial Law? President Obama should pardon Davis. See comments* at the article - link above.)
20) so-called "non-lethal" weaponry and the possibility of conflicts of interest among decision makers regarding police equipment purchases
21) illegal alien raids and arrests
22) police profiling and abuse of homosexuals
23) surveillance of U.S. citizens; loss of privacy rights
24) plans for mass "emergency centers" inside U.S.A. for Americans (H.R. 645)
25) remedial damages for victims and families of abused or murdered prisoners (whether or not victims lived to reach jail)

The first annual HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH in Atlanta on May 16 will give an opportunity to address some of the CHANGE needed in the justice system in a peaceful way, as taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his hometown. Please plan to come. See more about it at ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL's Care2 human rights group site:

God bless Troy Davis and his family and supporters. May we continue to press for a peaceful and just resolution in his and other cases in the judicial system.

Mary Neal


Kathleen R (983)
Friday April 17, 2009, 3:00 am
He is in my prayers~~~

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Friday April 17, 2009, 4:59 am
"Innocent until PROVEN guilty" {not my words} theirs...
TY Mary for all of your articles my sister, this is noted w/hope for a new trial for Troy.

Blessings all,

stephanie v (85)
Friday April 17, 2009, 6:29 am
Again, no justice for Troy. To quote John Mayer "Why Georiga Why?" This is a travesty.Thanks for the update Mary. I don't even think his story got more than a blip on the local news..... Swept under the rug. Prayers being said for all.

Joycey B (750)
Friday April 17, 2009, 6:58 am
This is very sad news indeed. There is not any real evidence against him. Troy is in my prayers. He needs to be free again. Noted with a heavy heart. Thanks Mary. Justice For Troy.

kat yazzie (400)
Friday April 17, 2009, 8:33 am
TY Mary.

This is the worst news I've had in quite a while!

I am praying for Troy, his family, & his loved ones...

Davida P (283)
Friday April 17, 2009, 9:45 am
Thanks for the update Mary. It is so sad to see this situation continue, Troy should have the right to present his new evidence.

Faith M (161)
Friday April 17, 2009, 10:37 am
U see- if that had just been john or jane q citizen his appeal would have most likely been heard but since it is a police officer that he was convicted of killing they will not hear any new evedence not to mention the fact that a new trial would show that the original investigation was flawed large -and everyone that was involved in putting the case together ignored ANY other evidence to the contrair or did not look for any because they just wanted to close the case- so this is how WE REALLY CONVICT PEOPLE IN THIS LAND-NO REAL FACTS-NO REAL EVEDENCE JUST HURRY UP AND SOLVE THE CASE EVEN IF U HAVE NO EVEDENCE WHO CARES IF THEY ARE REALLY GUILTY OR NOT!!
That is the mentality of many of our police-There are some very good investigators out there but they are rare -such a shame -very few people care anymore abouot doing their job well.

. (0)
Friday April 17, 2009, 10:49 am
Again justice not being done right at all, so much Evedence not there to prove he done this but still want to put him to death. The real killer walk's free, What happen to innocent until proven guilty hua? Thanks Mary for the update. So very sad.

Jean A (39)
Friday April 17, 2009, 11:19 am
This is horrifying, how can this man be judged on so little evidence. My prayers for his family that justice will prevail !

Geri M (59)
Friday April 17, 2009, 11:21 am
A story not unlike most judicial proceedings - "credible evidence", beyond reasonable doubt, Preponderance of the evidence. Why not have the 7 witnesses be subpoenaed as "hostile witnesses" and their testomony used?

Mary Neal (183)
Friday April 17, 2009, 12:24 pm
Thank you all for noting this news. This is why the death penalty needs to be repealed across America. They are afraid to give Troy Davis a new trial before a fair jury, because they know he would not be convicted. Even the first all-white jury would not have convicted him with the new evidence he now has to present.

When the judiciary does not want you to win before a jury, they simply keep your case from going before a jury. The same thing happened in our case against The Cochran Firm for its fraud against my family after the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal in Shelby Co. Jail in Memphis. The Cochran Firm worked w/ the jail and held our lawsuit against the jail INACTIVE FOR 10.5 MONTHS while writing us lying letters about the case going forward, while they did zero. What jury would have trouble deciding in our favor? None. So Judge Batten of USDC did not allow it to go to jury, because he knew any jury would give us the case - ANY JURY.

The first judge, Judge Shoob, in Georgia Superior Court, dismissed our case by claiming THE COCHRAN FIRM DID NOT EXIST IN GEORGIA - with them open for business every day and advertising on television, MARTA (public transportation), and all over the Internet.

That is how the judiciary does things in Georgia, evidently.

Poor Troy Davis. There are probably plenty more folks in Georgia denied fair trials, if his denial of a new trial on the evidence and my family's denial of a jury trial are any indication of the kind of "justice" there is going on in the courts in Georgia.

Mary Neal

Susan M (239)
Friday April 17, 2009, 12:44 pm

Sheila G (267)
Friday April 17, 2009, 4:09 pm
too sad for words, Mary, this is such a let down, what is the family going through knowing he is jailed under rotten testimony? how many of the 'witnesses' were forced to testify against him? why else would they later recant? crooked and criminal justice system.

Darlene K (356)
Friday April 17, 2009, 6:57 pm
This is very disheartening to learn and yes..., Troy is one of many that could possibly be innocent. No matter how tiny of a possibility his innocence is...., that alone, should create a system that DOES NOT KILL people. You can't right a wrong, after killing him or anyone. The anger and fear MUST be kept in check with the authorities and courts, which doesn't happen in too many cop-killing cases, if there is any tiny possibility of him being innocent. I am baffled that some states stillllll....., KILL people. Killing them does nothing, and doesn't deter a darn thing, but burdens the tax payer even more. Another sector where too many people ignore too many things, for a "quick-fix."
Noted and thanks for posting Mary.

Mary Neal (183)
Friday April 17, 2009, 7:05 pm
Sheila, I read in an AI report that some of the witnesses said they were coerced into giving the original testimony they now call false. None of this computes with me. Why wouldn't the police and judges WANT to get Officer MacPhail's real murderer? They should care more about that than they do closing the books on the case and just getting Troy because he was convenient.

The officer's family deserves to know the truth. I think that everyone should want to hear this case to be sure, for Troy's sake and for the MacFail family's sake, unless it does not matter to them WHO did the crime, just since a black man pays.

. (0)
Friday April 17, 2009, 8:05 pm
very sadly noted i will continue to pray for him

Janet Wintle (87)
Friday April 17, 2009, 10:43 pm
Thow shalt not Kill.
This is one of the devin laws, handed down to us.
Who are we to Judge.
Who is the only one who knows what we have done in a previest life.?
Our Father who watches over us is the only Judge and he will sort this one.
All will be sorted by him.
If mankind choses the wrong action then the Father will step in and remove his spirit and render him unconcience befor death should that be an action of the desision mackers. But my spirit crys out with the many thousands of you that are praying for this man and all this binding up to stop, in the name of God, and all the love that we feel for this man,for is he not one of the Angels which came to help us all. Let there be life.

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 1:19 am
Thank you, everone, who noted and commented on this disturbing news report.

Janet, I am so moved by what you said at the end of your post:



Pamylle G (458)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 6:54 am
I've been following this case, and it looks to me as if the innocent will suffer to protect the guilty ! The "good old boy" system eclipses Justice once again !

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 7:55 am
Pamylle, thanks for commenting. To take the "good old boy" system so far as to keep this man on death row all of these years, hoping his new evidence will save his life, to have him and his family say tearful goodbyes over and over and over -- what cruelty!!! Oh, God. There will be many people surprised when my Lord says to them,


Because they really think it does not matter how they treat Troy Davis and his family, because they don't think Troy and his family are even human beings, but lower animals. That is so tragic.


stephanie v (85)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:47 am
Message I just received today (Sat) Thought I'd share:

From: "Amnesty International USA" Dear Stephanie,

It's not the end of the road for Troy Davis, but the news is not good.

Yesterday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Troy Davis' bid for a new trial. In a 2-1 vote, the court cited technical reasons to reject Davis' petition for a hearing.

But all hope is not lost. Troy has 30 days to file another petition with the US Supreme Court.

Troy and his lawyers are doing everything they can to fight this decision from the inside. It is up to us to turn up the pressure on the outside. Even if you've taken action before, keep flooding Governor Perdue's office with emails demanding justice for Troy. And pass the action on to everyone you know. There is power in numbers and when you stand behind Troy Davis, you make the fight for justice even stronger!

We can't thank you enough.

In solidarity,
Sue, Brian, Jessie, and the rest of the Death Penalty Campaign team

P.S. Save the date — National Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis coming in May. We'll be in touch soon to let you know how you can support Troy in your own community!

stephanie v (85)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:49 am
So let's all flood Sonny boy's office with e-mails,calls and letters! Together we still might help Troy!

stephanie v (85)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 10:06 am
Sorry for so many posts..It occured to me I could make this a little easier by posting a link to a form to send e-mail to Gov. Perdue. If you are not from the USA there is a link on that page for you!,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html


Joann Shanks (251)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 10:20 am
I have been praying and trying to help Troy for a long time now, my son is doing life and hes innocent I feel so bad for troy will keep praying for justice for him JoAnn...

Cheryl B (208)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 12:55 pm
We have all witnessed - both in the United States and in Canada (and I'm sure other countries as well) - prisoners go free after DNA proved their innocence. "We're sorry" is way beyond inadequate for those innocent persons who have spent 10, 20, even 30 years behind bars and/or been on death row/executed. I am so very glad that Canada does not have the death penalty and will fight to keep it that way. To make a "mistake" by putting just one innocent person to death is the real crime. To not allow every conceivable opportunity for a prisoner to bring forth new evidence is another crime. May God help those who truly are imprisoned and innocent and those who fight for them.

Doris W (8)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 5:10 pm
Very sad News, Troy is in my Prayers

Electra Cy (1005)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:18 pm
I cannot believe this is still going on... :(

Here's the Active link to send a letter.,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:30 pm
Thank you all. Troy wrote a letter thanking all his supporters. Please know how much he appreciates all of us. I will post his letter to you at this strand later.

Thank you for the link, Electra!

Blessings to every one of you, because you CARE!

Stephanie is right. Let us flood the decision makers with pleas for a new trial for Troy Davis. Before tax money is spent on poison for this man's lethal injection, taxpayers want to be sure that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Hopefully, our requests will help.



Mary Neal (183)
Saturday April 18, 2009, 9:41 pm
My letter to Gov. Perdue, which I invite you to copy and just put your name.

Dear Governor Perdue:

I come to you on behalf of Troy Davis in the interest of justice. Please use the power of your office to either pardon Mr. Davis or help him to get a new trial. The people would very much like to feel certain that Mr. Davis is indeed Officer McPhail's murderer before the State of Georgia proceeds with his execution, the necessary certainty that should precede such an irreversible step as terminating Troy Davis' life is lacking.

Thank you for considering this request.


Mary Neal (183)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 3:13 am

"Where Is the Justice for Me?"

A Plea from Troy Davis

Where is the Justice for me? 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. But like so many death penalty cases, that was not my fate and I have been denied justice. During my imprisonment I have lost more than my freedom, I lost my father and my family has suffered terribly, many times being treated as less than human and even as criminals. In the past I have had lawyers who refused my input, and would not represent me in the manner that I wanted to be represented. I have had witnesses against me threatened into making false statements to seal my death sentence and witnesses who wanted to tell the truth were vilified in court.

For the entire two years I was in jail awaiting trial I wore a handmade cross around my neck, it gave me peace and when a news reporter made a statement in the local news, “Cop-killer wears cross to court,” the cross was immediately taken as if I was unworthy to believe in God or Him in me. The only time my family was allowed to enter the courtroom on my behalf was during the sentencing phase where my mother and sister had to beg for my life and the prosecutor simply said, “I was only fit for killing.” Where is the Justice for me, when the courts have refused to allow me relief when multiple witnesses have recanted their testimonies that they lied against me?

Because of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, the blatant racism and bias in the U.S. Court System, I remain on death row in spite of a compelling case of my innocence. Finally I have a private law firm trying to help save my life in the court system, but it is like no one wants to admit the system made another grave mistake. Am I to be made an example of to save face? Does anyone care about my family who has been victimized by this death sentence for over 16 years? Does anyone care that my family has the fate of knowing the time and manner by which I may be killed by the State of Georgia?

I truly understand a life has been lost and I have prayed for that family just as I pray for mine, but I am Innocent, and all I ask for is a True Day in a Just Court. If I am so guilty why do the courts deny me that? The truth is that they have no real case; the truth is I am Innocent.

Where is the Justice for me?

~ by Troy A. Davis


Shirley H (49)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 9:39 am
I received this message from Amnesty yesterday and I am so happy to find it on C2 also. Was not able to sign another Petition for his release on the Amnesty site will read further comments from other C2 members to see if I can sign a Petition for Troy Davis. He surely deserves to be released.
Shirley H.

Faith M (161)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 12:52 pm
I contacted -Heres a phone number if someone needs it.
Thank you for contacting us.

Governor Perdue has received your e-mail and appreciates hearing from you.

Unless you elected not to hear back from him, you will receive a direct response from Governor Perdue shortly. With the very high volume of messages and mail, we hope you will understand if there is a delay in responding. If this is an urgent or time-sensitive matter, please call us directly at 404-656-1776.

Again, our thanks for your comments and input.

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 12:35 pm
wtf are they afraid of...the truth, the fact that he may be innocent and a new trial would prove them wrong???? If there is half a chance that someone could be innocent, they deserve every courtesy the law can provide. This makes me sick.

Mary Neal (183)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 1:11 pm
Justice in America is often determined by some unknown criterion.

From the following ACLU blog article: "The dissenting judge in Troy’s case stated, '[t]o execute Davis, in the face of a significant amount of proffered evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable and unconstitutional.' We agree."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 21, 2009, 10:02 pm
There are no excuses for his denial.

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 12:48 am
No excuses whatsoever, which only leaves me wondering what the reasons are.

Thank you to all those who support Troy, many of you have wanted to send Troy a financial gift. There is a new address to sending Troy a personal money order:

Please send money orders from now on to:

Troy Anthony Davis #657378 GDCP
c/o Georgia Department of Corrections
Inmate Accounts
P O Box 405699
Atlanta, Georgia 30384-5699

Do Not Send Cash, It will be Returned and Sometimes is Lost!

Please keep copy of money order for your records & write and let him know you mailed a money order:
Troy A. Davis #657378 GDCP
G-3-79 PO Box 3877
Jackson, Georgia. 30233
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