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Monday, October 20, 2008

Save a life

Amnesty International are urgently campaigning to prevent the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, USA. Troy was sentenced to death after being convicted of a crime he maintains he did not commit. In the 17 years he has been on death row seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, several citing police coercion. Troy Davis was granted a stay of execution on 23 September, less than two hours before he was due to be executed. Unfortunately this week the Supreme Court have declined Davis' appeal for a proper hearing or a re-trial. His execution date is set for 27 October, one week from today.

I was watching Stephen Fry in Stephen Fry In America earlier this evening. In the programme he visits all fifty states of the USA, and this week he was in Alabama* where he sat in on the Board of Pardons and Paroles. I couldn't remember whether Alabama has the death penalty (it does) but wondered whether, if it did, any of the people who were being considered when Fry was there were on death row. (Probably not, but it was a weird thought.)

Well, by a strange synchronicity, Amnesty are asking us to call on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Troy Davis clemency. So let's do it, people!

(*Fry was also in Knoxville, TN where he visited the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthroplogy Facility. He admitted that he'd never actually seen a dead body before: all the more ironic when you consider that he is a recurring guest on Bones as Dr Gordon Wyatt. )


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