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54. Troy Davis Must Not Be Executed, By Benjamin Todd Jealous
Troy Davis Must Not Be Executed

Wrongful convictions of black men have become commonplace. But conviction of Troy Davis in Chatham County, Georgia is one of the most egregious and compelling cases in decades. You can help save this man's life.
By Benjamin Todd Jealous
June 17, 2009


To DeJuan Correira, his Uncle Troy embodies all of these attributes. A mentor to his nephew, Troy Anthony Davis played a prominent role in DeJuans development into a superior student while simultaneously providing support to DeJuans mother, Martina, Troys sister who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. Davis accomplishments as a father figure and family man are astounding given his circumstances; since 1991, Davis has been on death row, wrongly convicted of the murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.


But the Troy Davis case is the most compelling case of wrongful conviction in decades. No physical evidence links Davis to the crime; no murder weapons were found and seven out of nine eyewitnesses recanted or contradicted their original statements. The facts of his innocence are so overwhelming that it has inspired conservative former Congressman Bob Barr and former FBI head William Sessions to speak out. The chorus calling for a new trial includes former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI. Despite irrefutable evidence of his innocence, Chatham County is one of 159 counties in the state of Georgia. The county currently has approximately 250,000 residents, less than 3 percent of Georgias state population. Yet this tiny county has produced one-third of Georgias exonerations and 40 percent of its death row exonerations, statistics that reveal a questionable history of negligent legal practices. The Troy Davis case is the latest in a series of disturbing instances of Chatham Countys disregard for justice and a proclivity to prosecute and potentially execute people innocent of the crimes of which they've been convicted. The new Chatham County District Attorney, Larry Chisolm, who is black, could reopen the case, but so far he has refused to do so.
In a desperate attempt to silence Davis, the Georgia Department of Corrections has prohibited all television access to him. Interview requests from 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC and the Associated Press have been denied, and the prison has threatened to revoke Davis phone privileges should any family member allow media to speak to him. These drastic infringements on Davis First Amendment rights are a measure of the states fear that exposure could reveal the truth about racism and injustice in Chatham County and in the state of Georgia.


While many in his position would be resentful about the unfair circumstances and an unjust system that put them behind bars, Davis exudes benevolence, responsibility and leadership. The effect Davis has had on his nephew is evidentDeJuan achieved top honors in the states Social Science Fair for his project entitled Time for Change: How Does the Troy Anthony Davis Case Affect Georgia?" From the confines of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, Davis has mentored and provided an example to young DeJuan by being positive, unwavering and unbroken.


Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and CEO of the NAACP.


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  -Please! ALL! prepare for this action for Troy Davis on Tuesday!! nofurylike  Jun-19-09 07:36 PM   #0 
  - K for Troy please  goclark   Jun-19-09 07:37 PM   #1 
  - there you are, always showing up, dear goclark. THANK YOU!!!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:44 PM   #3 
  - Kick and rec for Troy. n/t  ColbertWatcher   Jun-19-09 07:42 PM   #2 
  - thank you so much, ColbertWatcher!!! please spread word!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:45 PM   #5 
  - k, r, and bookmark for Monday  NightWatcher   Jun-19-09 07:45 PM   #4 
  - thank you so much, NightWatcher!!! and that's a great idea!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:47 PM   #8 
  - thank you, ALL for the recs!!!! wow!!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:46 PM   #6 
  - Will do. k&r  Fire1   Jun-19-09 07:46 PM   #7 
  - thank you so much, Fire1, again, more!! please spread word!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:49 PM   #9 
  - back later to post more, kick! please kick!! THANK YOU ALL!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 07:50 PM   #10 
  - Troy is depending on us! K please nt  goclark   Jun-19-09 08:14 PM   #12 
     - you are so wonderful, goclark!! THANK YOU!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:48 PM   #25 
  - 'tis kicked and r'ed.  Luminous Animal   Jun-19-09 07:58 PM   #11 
  - thank you so much, Luminous Animal!! pelase act and spread  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:15 PM   #18 
  - K&R  earthboundmisfit   Jun-19-09 08:26 PM   #13 
  - thank you so much, earthboundmisfit(wow, me too!) !! please  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:17 PM   #19 
  - On it!  EFerrari   Jun-19-09 08:27 PM   #14 
  - you really are, again and again. thank you so much, EFerrari!!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:20 PM   #20 
  - Sent email.  northofdenali   Jun-19-09 09:29 PM   #15 
  - very well said, northofdenali!! thank you so much!! and for the  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:34 PM   #22 
  - people are on this around the clock now. this is urgent CRUCIAL!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:00 PM   #16 
  - The night crew should be here now  goclark   Jun-20-09 09:48 PM   #76 
  - please post this everywhere! please tweet it, email to your whole  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:14 PM   #17 
  - everybody, please check out this piercing video the great  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:29 PM   #21 
  - Savannah, GA Rally and Actions for Troy Davis, Tomorrow!! (Sat.)  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:42 PM   #23 
  - JUST received this from GFADP (Georgians for Alternatives to  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 10:47 PM   #24 
  - (Free Speech TV is airing a big rally in Savannah with Troy's sister.  EFerrari   Jun-19-09 10:54 PM   #26 
     - wow, thank you so much for telling me that!! that is GREAT news!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:31 PM   #30 
        - His sister is a GREAT speaker! Just excellent!  EFerrari   Jun-19-09 11:33 PM   #31 
           - isn't she amazing?! she just got another award as an activist  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:39 PM   #33 
  - Week of Witness for Troy Davis (today, 19th, thru next friday, 26th)  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:22 PM   #27 
  - Another kick.  northofdenali   Jun-19-09 11:25 PM   #28 
  - very well said, again, northofdenali! thank you, again, more!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:36 PM   #32 
  - You know it! Let's get it movin bright and early on Tuesday, too.  EFerrari   Jun-19-09 11:48 PM   #36 
  - I can't make it to the rally, but I'm emailing Larry.  aikoaiko   Jun-19-09 11:28 PM   #29 
  - thank you thank you thank you, aikoaiko!! YOU are exactly who  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:44 PM   #34 
     - Has it been in the Savannah Morning News. I've been skimming the paper in the am  aikoaiko   Jun-20-09 12:01 AM   #39 
        - i don't know, but it is covered here:  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 12:09 AM   #40 
        - seems good reason for a LTTE of your morning news!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 12:10 AM   #41 
        - hey, thank you for posting "Davis case built on 'lies,'" aikoaiko!!!  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:44 PM   #57 
  - I will be faxing a letter on Tuesday.  SeattleGirl   Jun-19-09 11:44 PM   #35 
  - yes, it really IS **insane**!!! thank you so very much, SeattleGirl!!  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:49 PM   #37 
  - Actual Innocence (Newsweek)  nofurylike   Jun-19-09 11:57 PM   #38 
  - I've said it before, I'll say it again: As a DP supporter, I like more certainty in the conviction.  aikoaiko   Jun-20-09 12:10 AM   #42 
  - good. doubt is the line, however you feel about the DP.  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 01:53 AM   #44 
  - back in a bit. please kick!! thank you ALL!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 12:10 AM   #43 
  - kick g'night. please kick for the predawners and earlybirds! TY!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 01:59 AM   #45 
  - Have bookmarked, will kick.  EFerrari   Jun-20-09 02:05 AM   #46 
     - thank you so much, for all you do, EFerrari!! energizing!!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:39 PM   #56 
  - K&R  Lilyeye   Jun-20-09 02:25 AM   #47 
  - thank you so much, Lilyeye!! please act and spread the word!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:46 PM   #58 
  - Let's do it for Troy!  goclark   Jun-20-09 10:33 AM   #48 
  - wow, here you are again, caring and giving and kicking, goclark!!  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:49 PM   #59 
  - kick  EFerrari   Jun-20-09 04:07 PM   #49 
  - thank you thank you thank you, again, more, EFerrari!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:51 PM   #60 
  - Kick  mitchum   Jun-20-09 04:22 PM   #50 
  - thank you so much, mitchum!! please spread the word!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:05 PM   #61 
  - kick to End the Death Penalty  AlphaCentauri   Jun-20-09 04:28 PM   #51 
  - ABSOLUTELY!!! thank you so much, AlphaCentauri!!! please act  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:09 PM   #64 
  - C'mon DU'ers, lets keep this at the forefront.  northofdenali   Jun-20-09 08:06 PM   #52 
  - yes!! "lets keep this at the forefront"!!! it is unbelievably urgent and  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:12 PM   #65 
     - As a (caucasion) member of NAACP since 1972,  northofdenali   Jun-21-09 02:10 PM   #89 
  - Grass Roots Campaign for Troy Davis  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:11 PM   #53 
  - Troy Davis Must Not Be Executed, By Benjamin Todd Jealous  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:30 PM   #54 
  - this is a great piece by ben jealous!! i wanted to post a new  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 08:35 PM   #55 
  - I really like Ben Jealous. Great essay.  EFerrari   Jun-20-09 09:07 PM   #62 
     - isn't he great? he has dedicated the NAACP to reforming the  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:17 PM   #66 
  - Kick and I'll rec if I'm not too late (which I probably am)  Number23   Jun-20-09 09:08 PM   #63 
  - "horrible, tragic and all too familiar story here in America." yes  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:22 PM   #67 
  - it is IMPERATIVE and URGENT that we FLOOD these people  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:25 PM   #68 
  - thank you, ALL, for keeping this kicked!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:26 PM   #69 
  - all actions up to now have been crucial, but this is unspeakably  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:28 PM   #70 
  - the HORRIFYING need to stop them - for the FIFTH TIME!!!!!!!!! -  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:31 PM   #71 
  - this is to give info to prepare to act in unison on tuesday, writing  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:35 PM   #72 
  - check out this video, re-posted from above on thread:  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:39 PM   #73 
  - PLEASE!!!! send this info to your email lists, your twitter followers,  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:42 PM   #74 
  - PLEASE ACT AND SPREAD THE WORD!!!!! please kick!!!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:46 PM   #75 
  - i pace days, wake nights, sob my heart out, searching for what will  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 09:52 PM   #77 
  - thank you everyone who cares so very much! i will post more on  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 11:23 PM   #78 
  - To late for me to recommend, nofurylike .  Kind of Blue   Jun-20-09 11:36 PM   #79 
  - thank you so very much, Kind of Blue!!! if can, will you send the  nofurylike   Jun-20-09 11:55 PM   #81 
     - Definitely on Tuesday and will call, as well.  Kind of Blue   Jun-21-09 12:59 AM   #87 
        - "This is just too sad." yes. yes. i was kicked by scotus' disgusting  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:37 PM   #90 
  - Saturday night kick...  bliss_eternal   Jun-20-09 11:52 PM   #80 
  - thank you so much, bliss_eternal!! please spread word!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 12:01 AM   #82 
  - Kick  EFerrari   Jun-21-09 12:19 AM   #83 
  - much much thanks to you, EFerrari!!! i'll be posting a new action  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 12:32 AM   #85 
     - I will look for your thread in the morning.  EFerrari   Jun-21-09 12:37 AM   #86 
        - WONDERFUL words, "I have a very good feeling," dear EFerrari!!!  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:01 AM   #88 
        - i didn't get the info on today's action alert, but thank you so much  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:46 PM   #91 
  - kick. more tomorrow. THANKS ALL!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 12:22 AM   #84 
  - kick, so the most possible GET READY FOR THIS ACTION eom  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:50 PM   #92 
  - we DESPERATELY NEED to flood them with calls, emails, faxes  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:55 PM   #93 
  - i will post a next action tomorrow. please send people to the  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:56 PM   #94 
  - PLEASE! contact EVERYONE YOU CAN to take this action!!! eom  nofurylike   Jun-21-09 09:59 PM   #95 

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