News and Updates

Parole board denies clemency for Troy Davis


Credit: Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com
By: Bill Rankin
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis after hearing pleas for mercy from Davis' family and calls for his execution by surviving relatives of a murdered Savannah police officer.

"I am utterly shocked and disappointed at the failure of our justice system at all levels to correct a miscarriage of justice," Brian Kammer, one of Davis' attorneys, said Tuesday after the decision was announced.


Our journey to rally for Troy


By: Marlene Martin
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Sunday, September 18, 2011

Four of us in the Chicago chapter of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty set out in the wee hours on Friday morning for a 12-hour trek to Atlanta to take part in a march and rally to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, September 21.
 
We were weary and anxious as we pulled into Atlanta's downtown, parked and then headed over to the Woodruff Park, where the march was due to begin. Then we saw it--a sea of blue shirts adorned with the slogan "I AM TROY DAVIS"--and our collective weariness faded away.
 


Troy Davis case draws international attention


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Hundreds marched in downtown Atlanta on Friday to stop Troy Davis' execution.
By: Katie Leslie and Craig Schneider
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Friday, September 16, 2011

With only days before his scheduled execution, an effort to spare convicted killer Troy Davis is gathering thousands in rallies, vigils and other last-minute events from Atlanta to Peru to Berlin.


A call to action from Troy Davis


By: Marlene Martin
New Abolitionist
Thursday, September 15, 2011

AFTER MANY long years of fighting, we are now down to the last few days to save the life of Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis, who is scheduled to be executed on September 21.

On Tuesday, I received a letter from Troy in the mail and wanted to share it. At first, I wondered why the penmanship seemed scrawled. Then I read his note, and I understood. He had to write it using only pieces of a pen. They have taken everything from him except his eyeglasses.

Yet his call to action is strong and mighty:


What They Say

Essay for Troy Davis


Kevin Cooper
By: Kevin Cooper
Thursday, September 15, 2011

They say that they are the most trustworthy and justice-seeking people in the world today. They say that they are the most civilized people that there ever has been. They say that they have evolved from the dark ages and have become the most enlightened people that God has ever produced.


Duane Buck Texas execution halted by supreme court


By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Duane Buck, an inmate on Texas's death row for the past 16 years, has been spared the lethal injection after the US supreme court stayed his execution on the grounds that the jury at his sentencing hearing was told he was a danger to


Family of alleged hate-killing victim opposes death penalty in case

By: Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein
CNN
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) -- The family of an African-American man who died after allegedly being beaten by a group of white teens and run over by a truck is asking state and federal officials not to seek the death penalty in the case.


Will the Next Man Rick Perry Executes Die Because He's Black?


Image courtesy of Texas Department of Criminal Justice
By: Renée Feltz
The Nation
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Harris County prosecutor Linda Geffin was working late last week when she took a break and saw a Facebook post from a Texas death row attorney whose client, Duane Buck, faced imminent execution. Geffin had been part of the team that helped send Buck to death row; it was the only capital case she’d ever worked on, and as she recalls, it “left a big impression on me.” More than a decade had passed since the case, so she decided to reread the court transcripts, including a hundred or so pages of testimony from state psychologist Walter Quijano.


Rick Perry in the spotlight as Texas sets to work on controversial executions


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By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rick Perry, the frontrunner to become the Republican candidate in next year's presidential election, has just hours left to prevent a man being put to death in 


Exonerated Texas Inmate: “How Can You Applaud Death?”


Anthony Graves
ABC News
Friday, September 9, 2011

Anthony Graves read in the newspaper about the crowd at the Republican presidential debate applauding the fact that Gov. Rick Perry had authorized 234 executions during his tenure.

“How can you applaud death?” Graves asked.