USA: ‘Where is the justice for me?’: The case of Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia

February 1, 2007

USA: ‘Where is the justice for me?’: The case of Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia

Board members

- Garland R. Hunt, Esq. (Chairperson)
- L. Gale Buckner (Vice Chair)
- Garfield Hammonds, Jr.
- Robert E. Keller
- Milton E. Nix, Jr.


State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4909
Fax: +1 404 651 8502
Email: [email protected]
Salutation, as appropriate: Dear Chairperson Hunt / Vice Chair Buckner / Board Member Hammonds, Keller, Nix

Please organize as many appeals as you can. If you can organize a petition, collecting signatures supporting clemency for Troy Davis to send to the Board, please do so. Please check with the AI Section in your country or the International Secretariat, if sending appeals after 30 June 2007.


(1) Chicago Sun-Times, 12 May 2004, cited in The Death Penalty in 2004: Year End Report, Death Penalty Information Center,

(2) United Nations Safeguards guaranteeing the rights of those facing the death penalty. 1984.

(3) Herrera v. Collins, 506 U.S. 390 (1993), opinion written by Chief Justice Rehnquist.

(4) Judge Carolyn King, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Address to Red Mass, Corpus Christi Cathedral, Texas, 4 October 2006. Speech available from South Texas Catholic News, 20 October 2006,

(5) Life, death and uncertainty, by US District Judge Michael Ponsor, Boston Globe, 8 July 2001.

(6) See USA: The experiment that failed. A reflection on 30 years of executions, AI Index: AMR 51/011/2007, 16 January 2007,

(7) A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995, conducted at New York’s Columbia Law School by James S. Liebman, Jeffrey Fagan and Valerie West, published 12 June 2000.

(8) A recent study of legal representation in death penalty cases in Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia concluded that in the first three of these states, "poor representation is a result of official policy. The states pay no more than a pittance to help lawyers defend their clients, and none requires that well-trained attorneys handle death cases. Georgia had a similarly inadequate system until 2005, when a publicly funded, statewide capital defenders office began spending whatever is necessary to scour client’s backgrounds for mitigating evidence. So far, none of that office’s 46 clients has been sentenced to death". Indefensible? Lawyers in key death penalty cases often fall short. McClatchy Special Report, 21 January 2007,

(9) New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission Report, January 2007. The report is available at

(10) Kansas v. Marsh, 26 June 2006, Justice Scalia concurring.

(11) Death Penalty Information Center, see

(12) Page 60, Hugo Bedau and Michael L. Radelet, Miscarriages of justice in potentially capital cases, Stanford Law Review, Volume 40, pages 21 to 179.

(13) Aaron Patterson, Madison Hobley, Leroy Orange and Stanley Howard. Each had spent at least 15 years on death row.

(14) See USA: New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission recommends abolition, AI Index: AMR 51/003/2007, 3 January 2007,