Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the NAACP said Saturday they are planning another rally at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the State Capitol to urge the parole board to reconsider or the state Supreme Court to stay the execution of Davis while his case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
GFADP also plans a vigil outside the Jackson jail, as well as a protest on the Capitol steps, both to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
On Saturday, Scheree Lipscomb, spokeswoman for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, stated Saturday that there will be no grant of clemency for Troy Anthony Davis, convicted in 1991 for the murder of Officer Mark Macphail, despite new witness testimonies that have revealed the witnesses' accounts to be unreliable. If clemency is not granted, Troy Davis will be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday, September 23rd.
7/9 witnesses have recanted or changed their testimonies since the original trial. Some of the witnesses have even admitted that they lied under police pressure.
Protests have already been organized several times, and thousands of petitions have been signed, but the spokeswoman maintains, “The board members have considered clemency on two occasions,” Lipscomb said. “They stand firm in the decision that they have made."
There is no physical evidence against Troy Davis-- no murder weapon, no DNA, and no fingerprints. He was convicted soley on the basis of the witnesses' original accounts.
Amnesty International has produced a comprehensive report on the case: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR51/023/2007/en/dom-AMR510232007en.html, and is one of the most prominent defenders of the convict, among others such as Rev. Al Sharpton, who visited Troy Davis on Saturday for prayer, former president Jimmy Carter, who wrote that the case, “illustrates the deep flaws in the application of the death penalty in this country,” Pope Benedict XVI and nobel-prize winner Desmond Tutu-- both issued calls asking the Board to stop the execution.