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By Desiree Evans:
Across the country and the world, events were held Tuesday calling for a new trial for Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis. Davis, a 40-year-old African-American man, has been on death row since 1991 for the 1989 murder of off-duty white Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail. Despite his 18 years on death row, Davis maintains his innocence, and legal experts and human rights advocates say there is enough evidence to back up his claim. The original witness testimonies were the backbone of the prosecution’s case against Davis because of the absence of a murder weapon, fingerprints and DNA evidence. Since Davis’ trial, seven of nine key prosecution witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimony. Despite these witnesses’ recantations and the exculpatory statements of additional witnesses pointing to another man as the shooter, U.S. courts have refused to allow Davis a hearing to present the new evidence. In the last […]