Palestinian boy shows an Israeli soldier a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with writing below it in English which reads ‘You are a terrorist’ during a protest in the West Bank village of Maasarah on September 30, 2011 in support of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, who are on a hunger strike.
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.
The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.
One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.
An execution date for Troy Davis is scheduled for September 21, 2011.