Mrs_Sweetpeach (mrs_sweetpeach) wrote,

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Any interest in helping to save a life?

When I was in my early teens, I was ice skating on the lake in our backyard when one of the little kids in the neighborhood started to fall through the ice. I heard her cry for help and, more importantly, the girl knew and trusted me. Trust was important because whenever anyone else tried to get close, her panic would increase and she'd sink deeper. It was a little scary as I myself began to sink through the slushy ice before I could reach her and I knew it couldn't support our combined weight. Given my druthers, I would have gone to get a ladder and/or rope before venturing out onto the thin ice, but she was too scared to stand still and the more she moved, the deeper she sank. So I went forward, told her what I was going to do, what I wanted her to do once I grabbed her, and my plan worked.

Being a hero felt good, even though I never received any recognition -- I was cold and wet after the rescue and once she was safe, my only interest was in returning home and getting out of my cold and very wet ice skates. If anyone noticed the incident, they never said a word.

This morning I learned of a way to try help saving another life. The ACLU sent me information about a man on Death Row in Georgia who, according to sworn testimony, is almost certainly not guilty of the murder for which he was sentenced to death. The Georgia Department of Pardons and Paroles will meet on Friday to decide if he will be executed.

The ACLU reports "Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of the murder of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail in 1991. No physical evidence links him to the crime, and he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. His conviction was based solely on the testimony of witnesses. There was no other evidence against him. Since his trial, seven people who had previously testified against Troy changed the story they had told in court."

"Some witnesses say they were coerced by police. Others have even signed affidavits implicating one of the remaining two witnesses as the actual killer. But due to an increasingly restrictive appeals process, none of this new evidence has ever been heard in court."

You can try to help save his life by going to the ACLU and send ask the Department of Pardons and Paroles to consider the new evidence. It won't take more than a minute or two of your time.
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