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The Worst Kind of Injustice

Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm is the man who requested the death warrant against Troy Davis.

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(ATLANTA) - In moments of immense sadness, moments that shake the foundation of our faith in the justice system and mankind, adequate words are scarce.

Today, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles co-signed on the decision to execute Troy Davis.

Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to his innocence -- evidence that prompted former FBI Director William Sessions and more than a million others to write in support of clemency -- Troy's execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.

His family has been moved by the efforts of the NAACP and supporters around the world. They have asked us to express their thanks to you personally.

They also asked us to tell you that this is not the hour to give up.

For the past two decades that Troy has been on death row, miracles have interceded at crucial moments. Can you help us make a miracle happen now?

Please stand with Troy and his family. Tell District Attorney Larry Chisolm that he has to intercede:

Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm is the man who requested the death warrant against Troy Davis. He's the glue that holds the case together and, even after today's news, he remains in a unique position to petition the judge to withdraw the death warrant against Troy. It's a long shot, but it's Troy's best hope.

Please, our last hope is to change the heart of District Attorney Chisolm. Sign today, and we will make sure that every name is hand delivered to his office:

We will soon reach out to tell you how you and your families and communities can organize gatherings in your hometowns to reflect on Troy's experience, and to offer prayers for his family. But tonight is the time to redouble our efforts, not to back down. Tonight, we hold on to hope.

Please, take one last action and sign the petition today:

Thanks for all of your support,

Edward Dubose
Georgia State Conference President

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Anonymous September 23, 2011 10:44 am (Pacific time)

Troy Davis was convicted very quickly by a jury of his peers, including a jury that was majority African American. "The jury in the trial was composed of seven blacks and five whites...The county in which the trial was held was about two-thirds white, and the jury pool was about 57% white, so the seated jury, at 58% black, actually reflected, by a slight margin, a potentially more favorable makeup to Davis, at least as far as potential racial bigotry than would be expected on average; nonetheless, whilst supporters of Davis cite the fact that what might be considered "normal" in other cases, may be in violation of human rights standards, his opponents do not give credence to such claims. Perhaps in part due to the reasoning expressed by Davis's opponents, Davis' challenge of racial bias in jury selection was dismissed.[7]"

Wuckbeat McSwitch September 21, 2011 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

The family of this poor man on death row are the ones suffering. This murderers are the pigs.  Cops who break the law should be tossed into cells with large numbers of people they falsely convicted, then they will know how it feels to believe you have control, and learn you don't have any control at all because this place isn't what it was described to be! Whoee!  I eat those redneck pieces of garbage for breakfast and crap them out in the afternoon.

Anonymous September 21, 2011 3:31 pm (Pacific time)

We are a civilized country, but we have far too many uncivized creatures living among us. The majority voted for the death penalty, those against that majority always claim some kind of injustice in carrying out a jury's verdict...unless a loved one of theirs was murdered. The biggest injustice is the years that we have to feed and house a convicted murderer before we erase them. The Georgia people got it right, and taking this guy out is a good and moral thing. I wish I could witness his execution.

Editor: Little bloodlust eh you little civilized wannabe?  Seriously, I hope you go down the same road, innocent and without control, wouldn't that be fitting?  Thanks for reminding us what a bunch of creepy low life dogs this society has fallen to, and I don't mean Mr. Davis, I mean you..  

No More Killing September 21, 2011 8:14 am (Pacific time)

I can't believe we consider ourselves to live in a "civilized" country. We are a bunch of animals and shouldn't think anything else of ourselves!

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