With still a few hours to go before the scheduled execution of the American Death Row prisoner Troy Davis, anti death penalty protesters are being asked to email the US authorities in a last-minute request for a reprieve.
This link http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=12137&utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=deathpenalty&utm_content=newtroytw2109 takes you to the Amnesty International page where you can download a suggested form of words to email to the US authorities. Amnesty says it has been blocked from sending any more emails itself so it’s asking supporters to do so instead.
Reports on Twitter suggest the parole board no longer has any power to grant a reprieve – that that’s down to a judge. Her phone number is being freely bandied about. I daresay she’ll get a call or two.
Twitter is currently going mad on the subject of Davis; and Twitter’s management is being accused of blocking the #TroyDavis hashtag from “trending”.
Apparently Davis’ lawyers have lodged a last-minute appeal, on the grounds that the evidence in the case was flawed.
According to Amnesty International, which has been campaigning on the Davis case for several years, the evidence against him never stacked up and most of the witnesses at the time of the murder he allegedly committed have since withdrawn their statements. Davis’ supporters claim it was a case of mistaken identity and that there was never any physical evidence to link Davis to the crime.
Numerous pleas for clemency have failed, and this looks like the last opportunity to win a reprieve.
Davis himself has sent a message via Amnesty, saying: “The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.”
The case is disturbing not just in its own right but as the latest manifestation of the deeply unpleasant US “justice” system, which values retribution over rehabilitation and violence over diplomacy and kindness. A country that so brutally exports its foreign policies abroad and that acts in such a cruel, ignorant and inhumane way in the name of “justice” at home does a disservice to the many, many fair-minded and reasonable US citizens whose voices never seem to be heard.
Pic credit: http://www.amnesty.org/