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Fox News alert now on a high profile death penalty case.
After twenty years of legal battles Georgia's parole board has now denied clemency.
To a convicted cop killer Troy Davis.
Paving the way barring any successful last minute appeals for his execution.
Now this case has been through the legal process -- a safer to.
Decades and there are real questions raised by Troy davis' friends family and supporters about whether.
He is in fact the man responsible for the crime.
I want to give -- a bit of background.
On on what happened here.
There was a police officer by the name of mark MacPhail He was murdered He was shot as He was trying to stop somebody from pistol whipping a homeless man.
This man Troy Davis was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death.
And yet since then his has become a cause that is caught the attention of everyone from a former president Jimmy Carter to the Pope.
Raising questions about whether He really is the man who did the crime.
Joining me now for Paramount's debate for a -- campaign director for Amnesty International USA and former prosecutor Jeffrey -- -- Thank you both so much for being here Laura let me start with you it's a short segment so give me the best pieces of evidence.
Why people should be concerned about this execution going forward.
We think Troy Davis case is riddled with doubt and we're very disturbed by -- -- white people across the political spectrum.
And join their voices with us to call on the border parts of -- to grant clemency being denied that this morning we're calling them to reconsider.
Basically seven of the nine key witnesses in his case have since recanted or changed -- testimony.
Many of them alleging that the police coerced -- pressured them into signing statements that we're not truthful.
Let me stop you -- -- coming -- get a chance it expand on that but -- but I know that an appeals court.
The district judge to -- the the case -- on the orders of US Supreme Court.
Declared that that additional evidence evidence was quote largely smoke and mirrors why was that discredited the seven of the nine witnesses recanting.
The problem is when Troy Davis had this special hearing He was.
Under the presumption of guilt yet to prove his innocence to a very extraordinarily high standard.
Didn't have the benefit of physical evidence DNA anything like that He had to rely on a group of witnesses to testify for him.
And those witnesses came forward and said what I set a trial was untruthful.
Other witnesses came forward once said my relative -- this police officer.
Not Troy Davis at the end of the day the judge had to decide whether or not to believe these witnesses and He did not.
And so the credibility of these witnesses is precisely -- Troy Davis is facing death tomorrow.
Despite the fact that he's very witness's credibility.
Is is exactly what his innocence claim rests on so we believe the the witnesses at trial but they don't want to believe the witnesses today.
-- Jeffrey let me ask you the death penalty is normally reserved for the cases that are beyond.
Imaginable that that word guilt is overwhelmingly establish and there's no doubt.
Eyewitness testimony no physical proof.
No no -- murder weapon ever found seven head of the nine witnesses recanting their testimony others coming forward to say was a different shooter.
Is this the -- case even if you have no questions about this guy's guilt that we should be imposing the death penalty.
Nagin has really kind of case that two opposing the death penalty it.
On you know we don't really have a say -- this it's the jury that convicted them the first part.
We're not recipient witnesses to the evidence where He SA witnesses later on about the four years this -- from the trial.
They -- -- apparent that -- time and quite they had every week.
Possibility to put on their evidence that put on the evidence.
But they had -- -- in a case like this where you have seven of the nine witnesses could affect -- that's not to say that witnesses don't wind up doing that even where the defendant is guilty.
But when you have that such a situation where there's no physical evidence becomes a bit more powerful.
Of course have a -- that the remedy that the that the appeals Court of Appeals court held up.
We listened to twelve Beers this is this secure this the Fed them and they convicted him of murder in the first degree and he's going to be sentenced to death.
Look -- death penalty trial cases are difficult they're hard and they have a lot of objections to a lot of people and people recant all the time.
But that's not on this one penalty of perjury match one penalty -- -- sworn testimony under.
All -- let me ask you because they say the prosecutors say that ballistics evidence links Troy Davis to the crime.
And that many of these concerns about the -- witness testimony were raised during the trial and were dealt with and nonetheless.
We wound up with a guilty verdict that that's exactly what I -- Laura.
First of all.
There are jurors have come forward who have appealed to the parole board not to carry out this execution because they said.
If I knew what I do know today that Italians -- now that that happens a lot -- journals they are bound by the rules of evidence they only to hear everything.
Okay so the witnesses are saying I didn't have access to all this testimony that's come forward after so don't rely on the conviction I was a part of if I had to do this over the and I wouldn't have voted that way and capitalistic out -- is so comfortable what about the Melissa -- has ballistics.
They have never had ballistics evidence that they could linked to any individual person they found bullets and shell casings.
He never had a gun -- fingerprints to link those to anybody.
So they tried to link the ballistics to a previous.
I -- witness testimony and the witness testimony has all fallen apart.
Lauren announced that stuff and -- our new restaurant it's not I -- -- -- -- I -- -- now that his comments he's been denied.
Is this it.
It it what what are his remedies at this point you have to try to once again -- the -- -- to reconsider what about the governor what we're we're asking the parole board we're asking the parole board to reconsider -- district attorney to ask the local judge -- -- the execution warrant that they can't that warrant.
Anybody has any power we are appealing to them to stop what could be an unthinkable tragedy tomorrow there's too much doubt in this case to allow an execution.
The legal team is working Napoli on some last minute legal avenues.
So we are doing all that we can't continue to raise our voice because Georgia is poised to execute someone who may well be innocent.
I got to leave it that as my apologies were out of time but I appreciate -- being here thank you very much.
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