Monday, September 19, 2011

Georgia parole board meets to decide fate of Troy Davis

Atlanta, Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whose pending execution has attracted worldwide opposition, is set to be killed by lethal injection on Wednesday. A Georgia parole board meeting today is his last hope of clemency.
The case of Davis exemplifies the barbarism of the US prison system in general, and the death penalty in particular. Now 42, Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer, Mark MacPhail.
Seven out of nine non-police witnesses who accused Davis of the killing later recanted or changed their testimony. One of the remaining is a possible suspect himself. No physical evidence linking Davis to the killing was presented at the trial.

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