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From: “James Rucker, ColorOfChange.org” <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: September 19, 2011 1:06:37 PM EDTTo: email@example.comSubject: Thank you for taking action. Please help spread the word.
Thank you for helping to stop Troy Davis’ execution. For this campaign to be successful, it’s critical that we share information about this injustice far and wide.
Can you ask your friends and family to join this effort? Below is a sample message that you can copy and paste into an empty email. Please send only to people you know personally — spam only hurts our campaign.
In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a white police officer. Though there’s major evidence that Davis didn’t commit the crime, Georgia just scheduled his execution. There’s still a chance of stopping this — but only if we speak up now.
The fact is, no physical evidence connected Davis to the murder. Seven of the original nine witnesses have recanted, with many saying their testimony was a result of law enforcement pressure. Of the remaining witnesses, one is highly suspect and the other could be the actual culprit in the officer’s murder.
Now, despite these and other facts, the state of Georgia has taken the final steps toward Davis’ execution — and only the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole stands between Davis and the lethal injection chamber.
Georgia may be about to kill an innocent man. That’s not justice. Please join me and my friends at ColorOfChange.org in taking action to stop Troy Davis’ execution. You can help in three ways:
1. Sign the petition asking the Georgia Parole Board to spare Troy Davis’ life: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/troy/?referring_akid=a11088976.1479149.AVGHll&source=copy_thanks_email
2. Help us tell Troy’s story to thousands of Georgia residents by making a contribution to the effort to buy ads in Georgia media: https://act.colorofchange.org/donate/troydavis
3. Spread the word to others. Forward this email to your friends and family, and share the links to the petition and donation pages on Facebook and Twitter.
Since Troy Davis’ 1991 conviction, numerous facts have emerged that introduce significant doubt as to his guilt. These facts include:
- All but two of the original witnesses against Troy Davis have signed affidavits recanting their earlier testimony. Most claim that their testimony was coerced by police officers.1
- Multiple witnesses say that another man — one of the original witnesses against Davis — has claimed to have slain the fallen officer.2
- The weapon used in the murder was never found. The only physical evidence connecting Davis to the crime was circumstantial — and new testimony disputes Davis’s connection to that evidence.3
In light of this evidence, the Supreme Court granted Davis another chance. But instead of an actual new trial before a jury, which would mean the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt is on the prosecutor, he got an evidentiary hearing before a single federal judge where Davis’ lawyers had the burden to meet an impossibly high and undefined legal standard.
Unbelievably, the judge rejected the new evidence and cleared the way for Davis’ execution. But even he acknowledged lingering doubt, noting that the case against Davis was not “ironclad.”
But “ironclad” is exactly what the evidence should be in order to put someone to death. If the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole doesn’t act to stop Davis’ execution, they’ll run a serious risk of putting an innocent man to death. That is not acceptable.
Please join me and my friends at ColorOfChange.org in asking the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to save Troy Davis’ life by commuting his sentence to life in prison. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
1. “Troy Davis – Finality over Fairness,” Amnesty International USA
2. See Reference 1
3. See Reference 1