Monday, March 17, 2008
Amnesty International USA is protesting the 4-3 decision of the Georgia Supreme Court to deny a new trial for Troy Anthony Davis, who was convicted of the murder of a Savannah police officer in 1991. Davis has been on "death row" for 16 years, long enough for 60,000 people to sign a petition on his behalf. It is argued that he was convicted solely on the basis of witness testimony and that seven of nine non-police witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony. Amnesty International also claims the case featured a questionable police investigation, a lack of funding to ensure adequate defense and thwarted attempts to present new evidence in the case. The human rights organization is now calling for the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles to commute Davis' sentence. See story here.