Sunday, July 15, 2007

Is Georgia about to execute an innocent man?










From Moni Basu of the AJC..............


"She never spoke openly about the murder of Savannah police Officer Mark
Allen MacPhail. Not with her friends, not with her family. Only years later did
she tell a cousin, who nudged her to "do the right thing" and step
forward.


Seven of nine key witnesses who implicated Davis in MacPhail's
murder have recanted their testimony since the 1991 trial. Others, like Johnson, later made sworn statements that shifted the blame away from
Davis.



Some say they lied initially or withheld vital information. They were
young then, as fearful of the police as they were of neighborhood thugs. Some
were in trouble with the law and say they acted out of
self-preservation.


Johnson is still scared of retaliation from the man she thinks really
killed MacPhail. But over time, she felt the risks were worth taking, especially
after her cousin promised to protect her."



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If you were responsible for someone going to prison and being sentenced to death, would you change your story and try and help the convicted if it wasn't the right thing to do?


Hopefully Gov. Perdue will do the right thing and stay the execution of Troy Anthony Davis set for Tuesday night. Because it sure sounds like the people of the state of Georgia are about to commit murder.


Take a moment to think about it, and consider helping Rep. Hank Johnson and Rep. John Lewis to see that justice is done for Troy.
Tuesday is the day.

2 comments:

Steve said...

Button,

I am posting this on a few blogs. If you have an interest, come to Hipster and let me know.

Somewhere in the back of my mind is a little lunch somewhere near Athens, Gainesville or the high Perimeter in Atlanta with some like minded bloggers fairly soon- perhaps one or two Saturdays from now. We could all have a little friendly get together for sandwiches and tea and then depart after an hour or two, nothing too weird, or involved.

Scott Ryan said...

that is a fantastic post