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Innocent Dead Man Walking
In Memoriam: Troy Anthony Davis, 1968 - 2011
New report: No stay yet.
Stayed by U.S. Supreme Court at the last minute.
Watching Live feed outside the outrage.
"The state is in charge of a crucifixion. We are charged with a resurrection."
-Al Sharpton #TroyDavis
Government doen't get any bigger than when it murders innocent Americans. Who said that? Rick Perry? Some anonymous rightwinger shouting from the GOP presidential debate crowd? No, no one said that.
By the Brad Blog:In August of 2007, Troy Anthony Davis was just weeks away from his then scheduled execution in the state of Georgia when The BRAD BLOG ran the following article, including an exclusive interview with Larry Young, the "forgotten victim" in the Davis case who now, like 7 of the 9 witnesses in the case, has recanted his testimony. Young says, as you'll read, that he was left to bleed while the police coerced him into identifying Davis as the assailant, even though he had never seen him before.
Davis' execution was delayed in 2007 as new evidence was presented, but he is now, once again, scheduled to be killed at 7pm local time on Wednesday, pending a grant of clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) who are the sole authorities able to commute his death sentence to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
Since Emily Levy's exclusive article below ran on August 3rd, 2007, citing both the Indigo Girls and the Pope in calling for Davis to be spared, a host of dignitaries, such as President Jimmy Carter, former FBI Director William Sessions, former far-right Republican U.S. Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia, and former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher have all asked the BPP to grant clemency to Davis.
Moreover, among witnesses heard during today's impassioned hearing before the board was Brenda Forrest, a juror who voted to sentence Davis to death at his 1991 trial. According to to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tonight, Forrest "now says she has doubt about her verdict and is asking the board to grant clemency. Two other jurors who voted to sentence Davis to death have signed affidavits asking the board to spare Davis from execution."
In her affidavit, Forrest says "she learned information that makes her no longer believe the case against Davis was ironclad. 'I feel, emphatically, that Mr. Davis cannot be executed under these circumstances,' she said."
The BPP has adjourned for the evening, having postponed deliberation until tomorrow on the fate of the man who has maintained his innocence without fail for 20 years now. (It had only been 17 years at the time of Levy's original article for The BRAD BLOG). In light of the possibility of the ultimate Big Government abuse of power being exercised against a citizen on Wednesday, it seems an appropriate moment to revisit Levy's original, and disturbing, exclusive ... . See Emily Levy's piee in 2007 Interview With 'Forgotten Victim' Larry Young, as We Await Georgia's Decision on the Fate of Troy Anthony Davis