NAACP: Help Spare the Life of Innocent Inmate

Published June 22, 2009

The NAACP, Amnesty International and other leading human rights groups are urging everybody to get involved in helping spare the life of Troy Davis, whom they argue is about to be executed for a murder he never committed.

“The interest of the state is in the truth," NAACP President Ben Jealous told the Savannah Morning News Saturday.  "If Troy Davis was convicted on lies, then the truth is, a killer's on the loose."   Jealous, who was in Savannah Friday as part of "I AM TROY," wants District Attorney Larry Chisholm to reopen the case and find the “real” murderer.

Davis, 38, was convicted in 1991 for the shooting death of off-duty Savannah, Ga., Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail. However, seven of the nine witnesses who identified Davis as the killer during the initial trial have since recanted their testimony. Despite several appeals – and having his execution delayed on three separate occasions – Davis remains on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson.

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely consider the latest challenge by attorneys for Davis.

So how can individuals get involved? Jealous says that those wanting to make an impact should go to the "I Am Troy" Campaign (http://iamtroy.com/), sign the petition and let Gov. Sonny Perdue know that you are outraged by the possible execution of an innocent man.

Written by BET.com Staff

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