United States – Troy Davis Clemency Plea

September 21, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Troy Davis, citizen of the great State of Georgia is scheduled for death sentence by lethal injection on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7.00p.m.

Troy Davis conviction is a sad chapter in the United States legal history predominantly due to the accused denied a fair trial and the final verdict arrived with a shadow of doubt as admitted by the U.S. District Judge William T. Moore in his latest statement –

“New evidence casts some additional, minimal doubt on his conviction.”

The entire judicial process reveals the omissions on many accounts leading to the wrongful conviction of Troy Davis.

These facts deserve the legal and rational minds attention in the civil society that could possibly prevent the erroneous decision – sentencing the innocent to premature unnatural death.

First and foremost – There is no physical evidence found against Troy Davis – particularly No blood or DNA tied Davis to the crime and the weapon was never located.

Seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their earlier testimonies against Troy Davis claiming they were unlawfully obtained by coercion.

Of the remaining two witnesses –

One of them who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles — the principle alternative suspect against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

Furthermore, Sylvester Coles has stated to Quiana Glover that he was the real shooter. Quiana Glover did not testify at the original trial.

According to latest news reports – “Sylvester Coles could not be reached for comment on Monday and Tuesday, and did not answer his door this week when a reporter visited.”

Death penalty is a serious verdict with irreversible consequence upon execution.

The death sentence mired with doubts and influenced testimonies upheld as final verdict weakens the judiciary system failing to recognize and follow the fundamental judicial premise in criminal proceedings –

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

Reasonable doubt is a standard of proof used in criminal trials. When a criminal defendant is prosecuted, the prosecutor must prove the defendant’s guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

If the jury—or the judge in a bench trial—has a reasonable doubt as to the defendant’s guilt, the jury or judge should pronounce the defendant NOT GUILTY.

The U.S. District Judge William T. Moore confirming the additional and minimal doubt overcast along with the facts presented in this case unequivocally clarify the prosecution failure to satisfy the principal requirement – Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

The State of Georgia and the Superior Court behind the verdict is burdened with the responsibility to uphold the law of the land honoring individual rights and providing equal access to all parties to maintain flawlessness in judicial process.

The State of Georgia approval of Troy Davis clemency plea would be a monumental step towards ethical efficacy with the southern state leading the nation and the rest of the world on the path of light in ending capital punishment.

Troy Davis humble request to the State and the highest judicial authority for his liberty especially after serving more than twenty years for the crime he did not commit is hard to decline on legal and humanitarian grounds.

It is sincerely hoped that the State of Georgia and the Superior court would kindly repeal the execution of Troy Davis by lethal injection on this day.

Similarly the victim’s family – Mrs. Anneliese MacPhail, Mrs. Joan MacPhail, Mark MacPhail Jr., and Madison MacPhail in recognition of the kindness displayed by the deceased police officer Mark MacPhail could perhaps extend the gesture – sparing Troy Davis life to promote compassion and peace in memory of the honorable police officer Mark MacPhail.

In appreciation and respect for life,

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

P.S. Thomas Jefferson – “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

Martin Luther King Jr. – “We must stand up against injustice and for those who are being treated unjustly. The triumph of injustice requires the silence of good people.”

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