Amnesty International USA Statement After Troy Davis Hearing

June 24, 2010

At the close of the Troy Davis evidentiary hearing, Anne Emanuel, legal analyst for Amnesty International USA, released the following statement:

“Given the evidence that emerged from the two-day hearing it is clear that the state’s case  against Troy Davis is thin and tainted.  Today’s hearing underscores the deepening doubt that has plagued this case.  It is difficult to imagine that a jury would convict Davis today after hearing four of the witnesses who convicted Davis 19 years ago testify in open court before a judge that they lied. One eyewitness testified for the first time that he saw his relative, the alternative suspect, Sylvester “Redd” Coles, shoot police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989.”