Regular readers know that I do not often wax political. Heaven knows, if I did there I would have WAY too much to say. And I don't often select particular organizations or charities; there are simply too many of them. I do feel, however, that I must once more bring this man to your attention. Here is the latest information about Troy Anthony Davis.
On August 17, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) took an unusual step in the case of Georgia v. Troy Davis. Troy Davis was convicted (wrongly, I believe) in the shooting death of a police officer in 1991. His appeals have been exhausted despited increasing evidence that he is innocent. The Court has ordered a mandatory hearing for Troy Davis, giving him one last chance to prove his innocence.
The evidence against Davis has fallen apart since the time of the trial. Most of the witnesses have recanted their testimony, indicating they were coerced by the police. No weapon was ever found and the evidence against Davis is completely from eyewitness accounts. There was no physical evidence provided at all. One of the witnesses not recanting his testimony has been accused of being the shooter in affidavits sworn by nine people.
In light of the very real indications that Davis is innocent, the SCOTUS allowed him a rare opportunity to have his conviction reviewed even after the appeal process has been exhausted. Antonin Scalia, one of the dissenting judges wrote the following:
"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent.
In other words, Justice Scalia appears to believe that the Court has no obligation to prevent an innocent person from being executed. Does that frighten you? It certainly frightens me. Also dissenting to the Court decision to give Davis another hearing was...Scalia's clone, Clarence Thomas.
Read more about the Troy Davis case on the Amnesty International Website: http://www.amnestyusa.org/