Troy Davis: Little Clarity and Much Less Proof

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Abby Zimet

The state of Georgia still plans to execute Troy Davis on Sept. 21 for the 1989 murder of a white police officer despite what legal experts call "the skimpiest of evidence" - no physical link to the crime, proof of police coercion, 7 of 9 prosecution witnessess recanting, and Davis' steadfast insistence on his innocence. Former FBI director William Sessions has now joined many others - including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Pope Benedict and Amnesty International - calling for Davis' execution to be halted due to "pervasive, persistent doubts" about his guilt. After this week's GOP debate featuring "mobs who cheer for death," notes Amy Goodman, the calls for clemency are that much more vital.

"This is our justice system at its very worst." - Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP.

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