UPDATE: On September 20th, the Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles DENIED Troy Davis’ petition for clemency. He is scheduled to be executed on September 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Troy Davis is at risk of execution as early as September 2011, even though grave doubts about his guilt remain. Part One “The Investigation” gives a thorough explanation of the case as well as the many problems with how the crime was investigated.With all legal appeals exhausted, Davis’ fate will be in the hands of Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles. Once his execution date is scheduled, they will be presented with the option of permanently preventing his execution.
Part Two “A Case Unraveled” examines how the evidence in his case has completely fallen apart.
Part Three “Proving Innocence” examines how the legal system makes it extraordinarily difficult to prove one’s innocence.
Part Four “Clemency” explains what clemency is and why it is appropriate for Davis’ case.
Why is Amnesty International interested in the Troy Davis case? Troy Davis is at risk of execution as early as September 2011, even though grave doubts about his guilt remain. This video tells the deeper story of Troy Davis through the lens of human rights and death penalty abolition.
Imposition of the death penalty is arbitrary and capricious. Decision of who will live and who will die for his crime turns less on the nature of the offense and the incorrigibility of the offender and more on inappropriate and indefensible considerations: the political and personal inclinations of prosecutors; the defendant’s wealth, race and intellect; the race and economic status of the victim; the quality of the defendant’s counsel; and the resources allocated to defense lawyers. ~J. Gerald Heaney, former appellate judge