Check out this editorial about Troy Davis, who is scheduled to be executed next week by the State of Georgia for killing a police officer 20 years ago.
Davis was convicted on the basis of eyewitness identification, which is notoriously unreliable. According to the Innocence Project, seven of the nine eyewitnesses who testified at Davis’ trial have since recanted and new evidence points to another person as the real perpetrator. Yet Georgia is apparently ready to plunge ahead with the execution.
Notably, former FBI director William Sessions is calling on the state of Georgia to halt the execution of Davis, saying in an editorial to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “serious questions about Mr. Davis’ guilt, highlighted by witness recantations, allegations of police coercion and a lack of relevant physical evidence, continue to plague his conviction.”