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In Palo Alto, Amnesty International for Troy Davis
Tuesday May 19 was a Global Day of Action for Troy Davis. Davis has been on Georgi'as death row for more than 18 years despite a strong case of innocence. He lost his most recent appeal. His execution date is expected to be set soon.
While noted professors Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, and Noam Chomsky have started a Concerned Professors for Troy Davis letter that is now circulating across the country, in Palo Alto, members of Amnesty International Chapter 19 gathered signatures in Lytton Square. Their petition calls for the hearing of new evidence in the Davis case.
There is no physical evidence in Troy Davis' case, there is no murder weapon, and another person has been implicated in the murder of an off-duty policeman. The bulk of the prosecutor’s evidence presented at Davis' 1991 trial in Georgia was based primarily on that of prosecution witnesses who later recanted their testimony. Most of them have claimed repeatedly that they were pressured by police to point to Davis as the perpetrator.
So far, no court has been willing to hear the new evidence.
In all about 20 people gathered in the downtown Palo Alto square
Passing on responsibility, getting petitions signed by passersby