Following Rick Perry's Lead, Georgia Poised to Execute Likely Innocent Man

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Rick Perry's record number of executions drew applause at last week's GOP debate. Among the 234 killed under Perry was Cameron Todd Willingham, who received the death penalty after being convicted of killing his three daughters by arson. Right before the execution, it wasrevealed that the science on which Willingham's conviction was based was bogus. Perry ignored the revelation, executed Willingham, and then covered it up.

While the state of Texas rates number one in number of executions, Georgia ranks among the top 10 states in executions (it's number seven on the list). Today is designated a Global Day of Solidarity for Troy Davis, a man who appears to be innocent of the crime for which he was sentenced to death by a Georgia court. According to Amnesty International, Davis' execution would not mark the first time that Georgia has put to death a man whose guilt for the capital crime of which he was convicted. 

Davis' execution is scheduled for next week, on Sept. 21. Davis has been on death row for 20 years for the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer, but a significant turn of events suggests his innocence.

The case against Davis rested on witness testimony but seven of nine key witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, some alleging police coercion.

In solidarity with the major march and vigil happening in Atlanta, more than 300 events are being held worldwide today and this weekend. Find one near you here; click here to sign the petition from Death Penalty Focus.

AlterNet / By Katie Halper

Posted at September 16, 2011, 5:45am