Finality over Fairness

The Supreme Court denies right of appeal to a condemned man who may well be innocent, clearing the way for his execution. (He is an African American, of course, convicted of murdering a white police officer.) Most of the non-police eyewitnesses on whose testimony his murder conviction was based have recanted, some filing sworn affidavits saying they were coerced into giving the evidence which corroborated his guilt. One of the remaining witnesses is the principal alternative suspect, and there is considerable sworn testimony implicating him. Yet the Supreme Court is denying Troy Davis further appeals on procedural grounds, because the evidence of police coercion was not introduced soon enough. You can send a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles advocating for fair treatment for Davis, or download a petition from this advocacy site. (Amnesty International)