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Jo Tamar is a human rights lawyer. Her posts tend to have something to do with feminism. Sometimes, they involve thoughts about law, language and human rights. She blogs at Wallaby.

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  1. Mary
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    For people wanting to take further action in an attempt to halt Davis’s execution (all normal avenues are exhausted), s.e. smith writes:

    Vigils are being held in various points across the country tomorrow, and State Senator Vincent Fort has called for a prison strike alongside the Southern Center for Human Rights:

    I am calling for a general strike or sick-out by all but a skeleton staff of the Georgia Diagnostic Prison on September 21st, 2011. I say to the prison staff: If you work on that day, you will enable the prison to carry out the execution of a possibly innocent man.

    Both the NAACP and Amnesty International have petitions for clemency up. The petitions request that District Attorney Larry Chisholm (Telephone: 912-652-7308 Fax: 912-652-7328) withdraw the death warrant against Troy Davis. It is important to be aware that this alone will not halt the execution; Judge Penny Freeseman (912-652-7252) would need to approve it. You can also contact the Board of Pardons and Paroles (, phone 404-656-5651, fax 404-651-8502) to request that they reconsider their decision. (Please note that the Governor of Georgia does not have the power to grant clemency in this case.) As always, keep contact short and sweet, and be patient if you get busy phone lines.

    Protesting this case may seem futile, but as long as Mr. Davis draws breath, I ask you to fight alongside him.

  2. Mindy
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    I can’t call from work but I have emailed asking them to reconsider.

  3. SunlessNick
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    but appeared to put some onus on the appellant to make “a truly persuasive showing of innocence.”

    So not being proved guilty isn’t enough?

  4. Mary
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    A suggestion going around in tweets for responding is to donate $11.08 to relevant organisations in honour of Troy Davis.

    The Innocence Project (whose website is right now under heavy traffic), which works to exonerate people:
    The (US) National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:
    And, I suppose, Amnesty International makes sense. and (US site also seems to be under heavy traffic)

  5. blue milk
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    I find all capital punishment saddening but this has been a truly haunting case to follow, thanks for writing about the background to the law.

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