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Sunday, September 18, 2011
NAACP - Significant Doubts about Troy Davis guilt: A Case for Clemency

NAACP - Too Much Doubt

Troy has been on Death Row for the past 20 years for the murder of Savannah, GA police officer Mark MacPhail. Despite serious doubts to his guilt, Davis’ execution is scheduled for September 21, 2011. There is simply too much doubt to let this happen. Read more about Troy's case here.

We can save Troy, but it’s something we can only accomplish together, with your help. Here are four things you can do to help save Troy Davis from execution.
  1. Write a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, asking them to grant Troy clemency.
  2. Tell Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm to petition for withdrawal of the death warrant for Troy Davis.
  3. Participate in our #TooMuchDoubt social media campaign by making Troy your profile pic on Twitter/Facebook, and tweeting from the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt.
  4. Text TROY to 62227 (NAACP) for updates regarding the Troy Davis case.

Letter to Georgia Parole Board, Georgia Parole Board:

Subject: Do not execute Troy Davis, if there is a chance that Officer Mark MacPhail was shot by Sylvester Coles

It is not certain that Troy Davis shot Officer Mark MacPhail. It might have been Sylvester Coles, Given this uncertainty, Georgia must not take the chance of executing a man who did not commit the crime he was convicted of. 4 jurors on the original jury now say that if they knew then what they know, they would not have voted for the death penalty. 

Always in a criminal-justice system, rules & procedures have never been enough. Always it has required officers of the law to act and intervene with good judgement, common-sense, alertness to new facts, and courage, in order to make the system work better. 

I humbly implore you to use your best judgement in the Troy Davis case, and if your conscience tells you there is a chance that Sylvester Coles shot Officer Mark MacPhail, and not Troy Davis, then to not kill Troy Davis when there is a chance that he did not kill Officer Mark MacPhail.

Thank you.

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