A social media campaign to stop the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia next week is drawing support from hundreds of thousands of people around the world, says USA Today. On Wednesday, a Georgia board was given petitions with more than 600,000 names protesting the planned lethal injection.
Celebrities, Nobel laureates, and national leaders have joined the NAACP, Amnesty International, and the grass-roots group Change.org to urge clemency for Davis. He was convicted of the 1989 shooting death of Savannah police officer Mark McPhail. His supporters say he is innocent, noting that 10 witnesses in the case have signed affidavits recanting their testimony and indicating that police coerced them into implicating Davis. Nine people have signed affidavits implicating another man. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Davis a hearing to prove his innocence, the first time it had done so for a death row inmate in at least 50 years. A judge later denied him a new trial.