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Friday, May 16, 2008

Rally for death row inmate Troy Davis

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Convicted cop-killer Troy Anthony Davis, who narrowly avoided his 2007 execution date and has since lost a state Supreme Court appeal for a new trial, is running out of time.

On Saturday, May 17, Amnesty International and the NAACP will attempt to draw more attention to the case with a rally on the steps of the state Capitol. Davis' pending execution (a new date is expected to be set later this year) already has prompted a huge response from the international media and Pope Benedict XVI.

Evidence gathered after Davis's 1991 trial in Savannah — and presented to the courts largely after his federal appeals was exhausted — shows that seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis later recanted their statements. What's more, three other people have signed affidavits stating that another man later confessed to the killing of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail.

The rally will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the side of the Capitol facing Washington Street. Speakers include two state legislators and three death row exonerees.

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