Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Parole Board

If you have ANY question of reasonable doubt research the case…

An important offering by Jasiri X that spells out the case…

Troy Davis denied clemency

We all have studied the case so no reason for a long write up. I feel in my heart of hearts if white folk (en masse) cared about this case (other than the officer who lost his life being white) Troy Anthony Davis would not die tomorrow. We are at a time where Blacks are forced to be objective in matters of race or shut out of the system. In this case there is a Black man convicted of murder and sentenced to die so the narrative on this is driven by the passion and experience of Black folk. Do some care? Yes, but everyone else (ALL RACES) could care less if Troy Davis dies because they are not affected (including Black people). PROVE ME WRONG and sign the petition or call every number you can in Georgia. That’s the only way I can say it. I don’t care about the generalizations, backlash or whatever. Go get the person who did this but looking at the facts of the case, Troy Davis, it appears, didn’t commit murder.

Georgia Parole Board (404) 656-5651. Call…press 5 and hold. You will get through in a short time. Don’t think this can’t be you people. Seriously #TroyDavis

Call Governor Nathan Deal’s office (404) 656-1776. He has to sign the death warrant

 

22 Responses to “Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Parole Board”

  1. MODI says:

    Insane.

    Much respect to you, Jasiri X, DZ, and Color of Change for keeping this alive to keep Troy alive…

  2. Temple3 says:

    There is a lever that has not yet been pulled. I don’t know what it is, but there is a lever that must be pulled before Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Governments make decisions in ways that totally and thoroughly exclude public opinion. They have a process of lumping all comments together, particularly when the comments are ideological or “non-expert.” Everyone will say their hands are tied, but there is always someone who is unfettered.

    I’m struggling to understand how the Georgia Board moves forward. What’s decisive for them in even commuting his sentence to life without parole? How is that even justifiable? If there is no DNA evidence (assuming there is DNA evidence that suggests another killer) and the only remaining witnesses are conflicted, then the question becomes, “What’s the basis for imprisonment?”

    I know boards in Georgia and throughout the South have absolutely no problem with killing innocent people. It’s like a hunting trip with legal sanction. Still, this is a slippery slope case for the board and the future of Georgia politics. I’m not sure that civility with continue to survive in that state or elsewhere. Once people fully know that there are no rules, they cease to follow even the most basic rules.

  3. I’m not sure that civility with continue to survive in that state or elsewhere. Once people fully know that there are no rules, they cease to follow even the most basic rules.

    I just said this to Dave Zirin during a phone conversation a few weeks ago T3.

    The Georgia Pardon Board hasn’t reversed a decision in 33 years.

  4. Ron Glover says:

    Any Black man or woman with any sense of comfort living in this country has a warped sense of reality that is just as foolish as it is sad.

  5. Miranda says:

    Only Governor Deal can stop it at this point. I don’t foresee that happening at all.

  6. Miranda says:

    Additional info

    Right now, please immediately act and urge the parole board to reconsider their decision. Please politely e-mail (Clemency_Information@pap.state.ga.us) the board members at or fax their office at (404) 651-8502.

  7. Origin says:

    Thank you brotha Mizzo for addressing this matter. Hopefully the parole board can come to their senses before its too late.

    Sista Miranda thanks for posting the contact info.

  8. Ron Glover says:

    It’s amazing that politicians will exhaust themselves lobbying for the return of Americans that wander off into a place they more than likely have no business being in anyway. But refuse to look at the case of a man where nothing indicates guilt. This is literally murder and no more than a modern day lynching happening before our very eyes.

    I fear for our sons and daughters today.

  9. A lawyer friend of mine tweeted her summary of the case:

    District Court Judge’s opinion, which SCOTUS reviewed in rejecting Davis’ appeal: http://bit.ly/oyAYP7 (pt 1) & http://bit.ly/nuAcCv (pt 2)
    SCOTUS hasn’t set forth any standards for how to deal w “actual innocence” & DP (death penalty).

    I wish SCOTUS would rule whether it’s unconstitutional to execute innocent person & what standard is to prove actual innocence.
    Because the appeals process right now is a mess. Federal habeas corpus review of state court decisions is pretty much non-existent.

    District judge admitted that even though state’s case may not be “ironclad” most reasonable jurors would again vote to convict Davis.
    So I parsed thru the 170+ page opinion of the district court judge who held an evidentiary hearing last yr at request of SCOTUS, b/c I like to know the facts.

    The issue here is how this case started & tainted witness ID’s. Coles, who was 1 of 2 men who possibly killed the officer (the other being Davis), is the man who went to police & told them what happened. From there, police set out to build case against Davis bc they knew they had a cooperating witness in Coles. Davis’ pic was splashed all over TV & papers in GA such that all of the witnesses had seen his picture before they went in to give their statement. Plus, there is evidence (not mentioned in opinion) that the police did a group re-enactment of the crime w them. The facts are as follows: Davis & others went to a pool party earlier in evening where a man was shot in the face. 1 man w Davis said in statement that Davis fired shots, but he recanted at trial & said police coerced him to say that. No one else ID’d Davis as shooter there, but he was at the party. Davis, the witness, Coles, & several others left party together in car. No motive for that shooting was clearly established, but victim said man who shot him had on white Batman tee, dark pants a white hat. Davis, Coles, the witness who recanted & a few others drove to a pool hall after. Coles says he took his gun out & laid it on the seat of his friend’s car b4 going in pool hall (no permit, likely). Several other men in car testify to seeing this, & the driver said he put the gun in the bushes bc he didn’t want it in his car. Coles comes out & goes to a corner store where he argues w a homeless man who refused to give Coles one of his beers. One of guys w the group reports on disturbance, so Davis & recanting witness (Collins) go outside to investigate. They see Coles, who follows the man to a Burger King pkg lot, they follow behind him. Homeless man’s gf is sitting outside the BK. 2 men had sat next to her but when they all heard a threat to kill the homeless man, everyone dispersed. She ran to front of BK . Homeless man then gets struck in the head, either w a gun or a slap (witnesses varied), but he doesn’t believe it’s by the man he argued with, who had on a yellow t-shirt. He thinks man who hit him had on white t-shirt, never saw his face. Man ran to a van at the drive thru & asked the occupants & BK employees to call police. Witnesses say they saw officer appear. Coles, Davis, & Collins start to run off. The officer yells “hold it!” Coles says he stopped (witnesses said man in yellow did stop), officer ran past him, & he heard a shot & took off running.

    No one disputes 3rd man, Collins, wasn’t involved. Witnesses said man in white t-shirt shot officer as he was running, then shot at least 2-3 more times & ran off. It’s unclear what happened after. Coles said Davis came by his sister’s house shirtless & he gave him his yellow shirt. Coles sister says Davis took the shirt off, which she washed & gave to police. Davis denies going to her house. Problem is that all witnesses saw pics of Davis & the police questioning was led w the idea Davis was the man in the white t-shirt but the homeless man’s 1st ID “mistakenly” pegged Davis as the man he was arguing w, not Coles. He then saw Coles in person at police dept. Told them he’d made a mistake & that Coles was the man he’d argued with. The others, as I said, all saw Davis before they ID’d him. I have to believe the “ID taint” was argued at another time bc I’m not sure the method used would stand up to scrutiny. Anyway, the judge went thru each of the affidavits submitted (affidavits get less weight legally than live testimony) & found issues w all but one of them, which he disregarded bc he said the person had credibility issues. The judge acknowledged that the affidavits lent some doubt but the standard the judge chose to use (yes, chose. He got to pick the standard, although he says he’d have found the same w a lower standard) was”clear & convincing evidence.” This means Davis had to show w clear & convincing evidence that no reasonable juror would’ve convicted him. & that’s obviously a very high standard. The two best affidavits he submitted had issues bc his defense never called the ppl as witnesses. so the prosecution couldn’t cross-examine them. That is pretty much what sealed it for the judge. He said if these ppl are your best witnesses, & you didn’t call them, we can’t assess their credibility, which is an issue bc defense would attack if situation were reversed.

    So, I agree, w that standard, the evidence wasn’t “clear & convincing.” But, the real issue here is that there is no standard for DP. Bc even if you can’t show clear & convincing, there should be some way to attack a DP sentence w/o the standard being that high. Here’s where “witness taint” presented serious constitutional issues, that wasn’t the issue in his habeas petition so they upheld his conviction. But they should consider that at any point when the other choice is to execute the man. GA allows death penalty for “aggravated murder.”which means murder + something else warranting death (ie, another felony). Here, Davis was convicted on every count he was charged with including assaulting the man he allegedly shot at the party, assaulting the homeless man, & obstructing a police officer in his duties , possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. Jury gave him DP. 3 jurors have since said they would not have convicted, but the judge never mentions them (one made statement, the other 2 gave affidavits). He said he was only considering evidence that went to guilt or innocence. Coles’ confessions were discounted bc judge said Davis gave no evidence that he wasn’t just boasting (as 1 person testified). What I found most puzzling was that judge kept saying there were credible prosecution witnesses to discount testimony that helped Davis & he used this to discount these later affidavits & testimony at the evidentiary hearing. But how can he put himself in juror’s shoes so easily? Just bc police “credibly” testified they didn’t coerce them, that means the jury bought it? Judge adds in many footnotes that none of the evidence presented was new, but it’s an afterthought based on 1 person’s judgment of how a jury would rule. Who needs a jury then?

    The judge implied many times that they Davis could be innocent but Davis didn’t meet his burden. If that flies, the standard should change. Ppl should be fighting 4 SCOTUS to set a constitutional standard for appropriateness of death penalty, & issue a moratorium until then. While judge said 8th amendment prohibits DP for innocents, he made Davis meet a very high standard to show that he was innocent. Even if actual innocence can’t be shown to overturn a conviction, a “reasonable doubt” as to guilt post-trial should preclude death penalty.

    I forgot to add that witnesses at that party that said Troy Davis had on Batman tee recanted at the trial, claiming police coercion. The *1* person who said he saw Troy Davis shoot @ pool party was 16yo & recanted at trial, saying he was threatened w 10-12 yrs in prison.

  10. Ron Glover says:

    Cleve Foster, a white male convicted of rape and murder was given a stay of execution three hours before he was set to die.

    I’m numb to all of this shit now!

  11. Origin says:

    Great news everyone the execution has been delayed.

    Thanks to everyone who has worked to keep Mr. Davis alive.

  12. sankofa says:

    WoW! Ron I too am numb to this shit as well. Mike, great break down, now where does it go from here, after the stay?

  13. Temple3 says:

    Thanks, Mizz.

    Now we know exactly who and what the lever is in this case. As I said before, governments work in ways that preclude the thoughtful consideration of public comment. The summary suggests that this issue could/should be decided by the Supreme Court — and, of course, it would be a 5-4 decision. So, at the end day, this entire scenario could come down to a single human being.

    Well, I’ll be…!!!

  14. No stay in the case. Troy Davis will be executed shortly. How many times does this have to happen to us?

    Thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly on the behalf of Troy.

  15. TeeDee says:

    It shows that the Supreme Court is corrupt to the core. Damn shame.

  16. HarveyDent says:

    I AM TROY DAVIS!!!!!

  17. Miranda says:

    I find it very ironic that the family of James Byrd were working to save the guy that confessed to the truck dragging death of their father to the point he was decapitated – while this family of the officer killed were so adamant in just seeing Troy Davis die while there was no physical evidence, no weapon, no DNA, and the only 2 witnesses that did not recant, one died and the other is suspected of being the real triggerman.

  18. Ron Glover says:

    As for the trash that took the life of James Byrd, they should’ve been spared the death penalty and allowed to live in genaral population among James’ Brothers. Just to see if they could get along.

  19. MODI says:

    Unbelieveable even by Georgia standards. Hopefully, this won’t be in vain, and Troy becomes Exhibit A to abolish death penalty

  20. Miranda says:

    OMG……they actually had him lie there on the gurney sedated and strapped in while waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision to come back.

    Lord have mercy.

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