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Another tainted execution coming

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Yet another execution is scheduled for a probably innocent person. This time it’s Troy Davis in Georgia.

In a trial tainted by racial and economic injustice, police misconduct, highly questionable eyewitness testimony, and lacking any physical evidence, Troy Davis was convicted in the 1989 slaying of a Savannah, Ga., off-duty police officer.

Requests for clemency come from Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos Horta, and President Jimmy Carter, many members of the United States Congress, the Pope, and numerous other notable individuals.

This tragic case typifies many of the worst aspects of capital punishment and makes further urgent its nationwide abolition. However one feels about the death penalty, execution of the innocent is a moral tragedy for each of us and allows the guilty to go unprosecuted.

Execution of Troy Davis is scheduled for Sept 21, a clemency hearing for Sept 19, and a Global Day of Solidarity for Sept 16.

Demonstrations will occur in Las Vegas on the 16th. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Amnesty International website, aiusa.org. There, you may sign an online petition, correspond with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole and take additional action.

Meanwhile, look for members of Amnesty International of Las Vegas on the streets today.

Joe Whiteman
Las Vegas