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Troy Davis: Martyred to abolish capital punishment

W.A.T.E.R. 17 Special to the AmNews | 10/12/2011, 6:46 p.m.
Troy Davis: Martyred to abolish capital punishment

Some contend that Davis served as a sacrifice to further the cause.

"In death, Troy Davis will live on as a reminder of a broken justice system that kills an innocent man while a murderer walks free," commented Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP.

After laying their mother, Virginia, to rest this past April, Davis' sisters continue to be resilient.

"My brother's case has brought people together from all over the world, and what a family does is stick together," Davis' younger sister Kim Davis added. "Our family isn't only our physical blood relatives, it expands way beyond that!

"We told him we're not just fighting for your innocence," Kim Davis said. "We're fighting the judicial system here."

Judge Greg Mathis took a couple of minutes away from his popular TV show to share his view:

"Despite the overwhelming doubt surrounding his guilt, Davis never received a new trial and was unjustly put to death by lethal injection. Davis should have been granted a new trial so he could prove his innocence. This was without a doubt a grave miscarriage of justice.

"We've long known that our justice system is broken," Mathis continued. "Davis' execution shows us just how flawed the system has become. Troy Davis was failed at every step of the judicial process. We need a nationwide ban on the death penalty. One innocent man put to death is one too many. It is criminal that this man was executed with so much doubt surrounding his case, and Georgia has blood on its hands!"

Correia concluded, "Troy's case is going to be a catalyst for change to the death penalty. I will continue until I can prove that Troy is innocent and that the people who wronged him-I will make them accountable as well. Everyone will be brought to justice, I'm not going to lay down and allow my brother's death to be in vain."

Davis' last words were: "The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me!"

For more information, visit www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-troy-davis or www.nodeathpenalty.org/get-the-facts/case-troy-davis.