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by Richard C. Dieter, Esq.
Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined.
-Justice William Brennan (1987)…
Outcry is growing over the scheduled execution of Troy Davis. He is set to be killed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for murdering a white police officer. The murder weapon was never found. There’s no DNA evidence or other physical evidence. Seven of the nine non-police witnesses said they were coerced by police and have since recanted their testimony. We speak to Troy’s sister Martina Correia and Amnesty International’s Jared Feuer…View the DN stream
| Less than 24 Hours Before his Scheduled Execution, Troy Davis is Granted 90-Day Stay of Execution by Georgia Parole Board
The 38-year-old African American from Savannah, Georgia has been on death row for more than fifteen years for a murder he says he did not commit. With no physical evidence or murder weapon, the prosecution’s case rested entirely on witness testimony. But seven of the nine non-police witnesses said they were coerced by police and have since recanted their testimony.
| The Execution Tapes: Georgia’s Secret Audio Recordings of Two Executions
Bryan Stevenson – Racism and the Death Penalty
(Georgia’s Historical Electric Chair)
See: SENTENCED TO DEATH for some history
Published in slightly different form in The Athens Observer, p. 1 (June 30-July 6, 1994). Some of the statistics have been corrected or updated. See also McLaughlin and Blackman, Mass Legal Executions in Georgia, 88 Ga. Hist. Q. 66 (2004).