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Kim Kardashian, Diddy, Big Boi, Indigo Girls and other celebs tweet to protest Troy Davis execution

People.com

People.com

Troy Davis has become a cause celebre.

Reality television personality Kim Kardashian is among those lending their fame to Davis’ case.

“I want to vent about the execution of Troy Davis!” she posted on her Twitter feed Tuesday morning. “He is getting the death penalty tonight but I believe he is innocent!”

“This #TroyDavis execution is very disturbing!” actor LeVar Burton posted about an hour ago.

Tweeted Atlanta music producer Jermaine Dupri on Tuesday: “There is #TooMuchDoubt to kill Troy Davis tomorrow.” CNN commentator Roland Martin and Tameka Raymond, a boutique owner and former wife of R&B artist Usher, tweeted the same thing.

And Atlanta rapper Big Boi traveled to the state prison in Jackson where Davis, convicted in the 1989 shooting death of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

“I’m heading to the rally in Jackson Georgia 40 miles outside of Atlanta,” the artist tweeted this morning. “Time to be seen and heard.” He’s been tweeting updates throughout the day, posting this photo of Al Sharpton about to speak.

Tuesday he tweeted, “Troy Davis is from my home town of Savannah Ga., and personally reached out to me.” It’s unclear how that contact was made but the two appear to be in touch, probably through Davis’ legal team.

Entertainer Big Boi stands in the pulpit inside the Towaliga County Line Baptist Church before the execution of Troy Anthony Davis at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison on Wednesday. AJC staff photo by Johnny Crawford jcrawford@ajc.com

Entertainer Big Boi stands in the pulpit inside the Towaliga County Line Baptist Church before the execution of Troy Anthony Davis at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison on Wednesday. AJC staff photo by Johnny Crawford jcrawford@ajc.com

“Just got word from Troy Davis,” Big Boi tweeted Tuesday. “He said thanks for all the support, he said keep pushin, he also refused his last meal.”

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Davis clemency early Tuesday. He is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m.

Many well-known personalities have spoken (or tweeted) out in support of Davis and are using their celebrity to spur people into action.

“There is #TooMuchDoubt to kill Troy Davis tomorrow,” music industry mogul Russell Simmons posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday, using a hash tag that’s become associated with the case.

This morning, both he and Sean “Diddy” Combs urged their followers to call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and ask that he intercede.

The Atlanta-based Indigo Girls tweeted earlier this month, “Georgia plans to execute #TroyDavis even though 10 witnesses say another man committed the crime,” while country rock artist Steve Earle posted, “Tell #Georgia to stop a grave miscarriage of justice. Save #TroyDavis from execution.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

77 comments Add your comment

Steve

September 21st, 2011
7:57 am

Sadly, there are a great many people who do care about what Kim Kardaschian thinks about this and other matters. “A boutique owner and former wife of R&B artist Usher” is my go-to person for a review of the deficit reduction plan.

carla roqs

September 21st, 2011
9:27 am

finding it interesting that everyone is finding davis innocent except those who feel it is their God given right to judge him and take his life in exchange for one that he may or may not have taken: #too much doubt.

Dacula 1995

September 21st, 2011
9:37 am

I wonder if he regrets pulling the trigger now?

Really?

September 21st, 2011
9:43 am

@ Dacula 1995…. what proof do YOU have that he pulled the trigger?

Dacula 1995

September 21st, 2011
9:45 am

Really? Have you researched the case? More than what idiot celebrities are saying?

Dacula 1995

September 21st, 2011
9:46 am

It is funny that most that are fighting for Troy Davis’s life also demonstrate for abortion.

DGAD

September 21st, 2011
11:03 am

Well, her dad was OJ’s attorney and everyone knows he was innocent…

Tim

September 21st, 2011
11:09 am

Let’s find a new way to promote the state of Georgia:

“Hey, come to Georgia where our cops kill 92-year old women and then plant drugs in their house. And if that isn’t sadistic enough, we also execute prisoners when we have no physical evidence. We kill based solely on eyewitness testimony, and even when it is recanted, we ignore it. Welcome to Georgia.”

The parole board, crooked police, biased judges, and corrupt prosecutors in Georgia are simply contemptible. THEY CARE NOTHING about justice.

Pat

September 21st, 2011
11:35 am

It’s truly a sad day when the state of georgia is about to kill a man when they know full well he should at the most not be killed. 10 people said they lied back in the day. The state is full aware that they do not want to hear the truth about what the police did to those people back then. The police did make those people lie!

God is the only one that can save Mr. Davis today….

kat

September 21st, 2011
11:38 am

seriously @ Tim – if u think Georgia is that corrupt – MOVE!! On the subject of Troy – I would say RIP but cop killers don’t deserve that.

quintivious' mama

September 21st, 2011
11:46 am

OJ’s innocence is no longer in question–apparently he was just considered to have been smarter than he eventually showed himself to be #idiotsrun. the celebrities do not matter. Georgia’s court system does.

Tim

September 21st, 2011
12:01 pm

@kat

I’m not moving anywhere. This type of injustice just strengthens my resolve to fight this wicked state for the rest of my life. They have no evidence. You call him a cop killer, but that is based only on what the witnesses said over 20 years ago. Some of them were teenagers at the time and said they were coerced by the police. The whole case is based on their testimony, and now they have recanted. So the case IS BUILT ON NOTHING at this point. If you believed these same witnesses when they said Troy was guilty, why don’t you believe them now?

It is illogical to execute a man under these circumstances. If you don’t have the common sense to see that…. well, at least you’re smart enough to be on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

JAY

September 21st, 2011
1:27 pm

http://www.thajayspot.com for more infor on troy davis

Steve

September 21st, 2011
2:30 pm

Tim – When you start with “they have no evidence” it shows your ignorance and indicates you don’t want to debate the actual merits.

Steve

September 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Jay – Are you kidding? There is nothing at that website at all about Troy Davis. it is a crappy, cheap celebrity website that looks like it was created by some high school kid.

ZACK

September 21st, 2011
3:14 pm

Does anyone know where there will be any protest in the ATLANTA area?

Thanks

I am Troy Davis

Georgia Boycott

September 21st, 2011
3:17 pm

Let Boycott Georgia

Kellibean

September 21st, 2011
4:01 pm

I have not kept up with this story until the past couple of days. From what I’ve read, I think there is more to this story than the public knows. I cannot see the judicial system putting a man to death without having enough evidence. Everyone is talking about how 10 witnesses have recanted their story…has anyone thought that maybe they have been coerced from Davis’ camp to recant or have been paid a ton of money to change their statements? I just can’t see why his appeals have been denied several times (4, I think?) if there isn’t enough evidence to convict him. I don’t think we’re getting the whole story, which we don’t have to get…it’s up to the judicial system…

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Captain Midnight

September 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

The same “community” that believes he’s innocent believed OJ was innocent. Right Ms Kardashian?
Juice the cop killer and let the riots and looting begin. Burn baby burn…

Atlien

September 21st, 2011
4:19 pm

Do all the people who think he is innocent think he is innocent of only the second shooting, or of both shootings?

Shell

September 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

Kellibean actually we do have to know the whole story….that is why we have public trials, everything they know we are supposed to know. I don’t know if he is innocent or guilty but what I do know that is that there is too much doubt and a lot of questions regarding this case. And with death there is no we made a mistake and room for correction if if in fact he is innocent. Life in prison seems to be a reasonable choice. Also, who do you think would have money in his camp to pay off witnesses to recant…..he had a public defender to begin with and his attorney’s now are not being paid.

Frank Drebbin

September 21st, 2011
4:21 pm

The fact that the judicial system acknowledges doubts, but simply maintains that he was convicted in a court of law says about all that needs to be said about the death pentalty. The death pentalty is a political tool, not a punitive tool. It is administered to make Georgians believe law enforcement “protects” them and there is “justice”. The idea that Brian Nichols shot three people in a courthouse, with a deputy’s gun, possibly on camera; and got “life” and there has never been a murder weapon produced, yet Davis was convicted on “shell casings” and the testimony that has been recanted speaks volumes about the insanity of the death penalty and the lack of true “justice” in our courts.

Bob

September 21st, 2011
4:22 pm

Thanks to Troy Davis for putting a small town like Jackson Ga on the Map woo hooo

Brian30101

September 21st, 2011
4:26 pm

This has nothing to do with Troy Davis…this is about opposistion to the death penalty. Once Troy is dead tonight, all these so called “concered” people will pack up their circus and head to the next one. They don’t care about about Troy Davis, he is a means to an end.

Peadawg - Troy Davis should NOT be executed

September 21st, 2011
4:28 pm

Too much doubt surrounding this case to execute Mr. Davis. Period. Death penalty is ok if it’s beyong a reasonable doubt…which is not the case w/ Mr. Davis.

Frank Drebbin

September 21st, 2011
4:29 pm

Kellibean, It would appear you have not “kept up with” the judicial system. Our courts are a joke. Ham and egg lawyers cut deals and arrange plea bargains with little or no regard for justice, the facts of the case or evidence. Ask yourself this; why is Troy Davis different? Why does his case stand out? GA has executed lots of criminals over the past couple of years, but you don’t hear Big Boi, the Pope, Jimmy Carter, or even any of the “anti-death penalty” crowd raise much of a stink. Ever ask yourself “why?” The truth is, there is doubt. Heck, have another trial, or commute his sentence to life, but this is insane.

Frank Drebbin

September 21st, 2011
4:31 pm

Brian3010, you’re dead wrong. This case is different. The fact that the victim was a police officer has more to do with Davis’ sentence than the evidence presented a trial.

Captain Midnight

September 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

Hi Bob, and welcome to Georgia. Georgia has been executing convicted murderers in Jackson for decades. Those of us who follow the news already know this. Look up Carl Issacs, Emanuel Hammond,Jack Wallace etc. Not our first rodeo and won’t be OUR last. God Bless the Judicial system of the United States.

DON'T HATE

September 21st, 2011
4:35 pm

I hope Troy is guilty. If he’s not, GOD help us all.

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Bob

September 21st, 2011
4:42 pm

I am sure that through out all of this if there was any proof to his innocense it would had come out by now. The Parole team consisted of Two African American men if there were any doubt they would had gave him a pardon. you all are going to look like idiots supporting a Cop killer.

Daimler Benz

September 21st, 2011
4:45 pm

Celebrity idiots are impotent to aid the convict. Witnesses who recant sworn testimony have little credibility. The time to tell the truth is in court, under oath. What they may babble later has little impact. As it should be.

Frank Drebbin

September 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Bob, You have it backa**wards. Evidence is presented to prove guilt. It is obvious that the evidence presented at the trial was dubious, but as I said, because the victiom was a police officer, I think maybe the court wanted to make an example. And if “cop killers” are worth of the death penalty, what would you have us do with the killer cops, who gunned down Kathryn Johnson?

Marinemom

September 21st, 2011
4:51 pm

I have a lot of questions about who, what where, when. My post may ramble on a bit but I’m not quite sure how to say or ask what I really mean to say or ask. I hope you can read through the confusion. I’d like to know what the Parole Board and the court system know or don’t know. What makes them feel so certain that Mr. Davis is guilty after having most of the witnesses recanting their testimony and the finger being pointed at another man? If Mr. Davis is guilty, then he should be executed as scheduled. However, I don’t believe innocent people should be executed. I believe there is too much doubt right now to carry out the sentence. Is it a matter of pride? They’ve gone this far, can’t go back now kind of thing? What would be the harm of a polygraph test? What would be the harm of holding off a day or two for this reason? They’ve waited this long to execute him, the family has waited this long, the State has waited this long, what is a couple more days or a week. Don’t the attorneys file appeals months prior to an execution date? Get their ducks in a row before the day of execution? Did they try before today to have his polygraph taken only to be denied? Maybe because today’s the day and the urgency is greater. Maybe they’ve researched and heard all they need to hear. No one wins on this one unless he is truly guilty and taken to task by his execution or found totally innocent and set free.

raymond

September 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

I have failed to read the opinion of any celebrity in this article that I have any respect for. Just because you can sing, act, or wear a bathing suit real nice doesn’t mean your right.

Kellibean

September 21st, 2011
4:54 pm

Honestly, I don’t care one way or the other. I just can’t see going through all of those appeals and having so many different people look over the case and believe he is innocent. I really hope they are not about to execute an innocent man, but they have reason to believe he is guilty…

Donna P.

September 21st, 2011
4:54 pm

I’m for justice for Mark MacPhail; remember he is the REAL VICTIM here.

Brian30101

September 21st, 2011
4:58 pm

The Victim being a police officer is irrelvant to the “manufactured outraged” They have a political agenda amd nothing more. 12 courts and 17 judges, 2 or 3 clemency boards have looked at this case. Never has his guilt been in doubt among those who sworn oath it is to look at such things. Just the hired guns of anti-capitalism gang.

Donna P.

September 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

Here’s a website debunking the myths of Troy Davis’ innocence: http://www.fop9.net/markmacphail/debunkingthemyths.cfm.

Captain Midnight

September 21st, 2011
5:02 pm

Brian30101, Bam! Well said brother.

A dad

September 21st, 2011
5:16 pm

Once again I’m struck by people opining about he Davis case without knowing the actual facts. 10 witness have not reversed their testimony. 7 of 9 have, and of those 7, well, let’s just say their cerdibility in reversing their prior testimony is suspect at best. As far as physical evidence, a bullet casing found at t he spot where McPhail was shot and killed was postively linked to the gun Davis used to shot another individual in the face earlier that say at a pool party in Cloverdale, GA. As for the celebrities and rappers protesting this, like I really care what they think. Funny thing how none of those protesting “don’t execute” Davis aren’t calling for his release. If he’s innocent, why not demand his release instead of demanding life in prisonz? He either did the crime or he didn’t. Seems like the protesters aren’t quite as sure of his innocence as they sound, which leads me to believe this is in fact just another chance for anti-death penalty protesters to bark and spew their venom. Davis had his chances again and agan, and we are still where we are. Guess crime really doesn’t pay.

Emma

September 21st, 2011
5:16 pm

It’s not whether if he is guilty or not guilty it’s about Reasonable Doubt. If he is put to the death the battle is not lost! He was just a casualty in the fight… If you ever have to sit on a jury just remember if YOU have any kind of Reasonable Doubt you must not convict. Know the facts/evidence not the emotional facts/evidence. There is a difference and remember there’s three sides to every story: 1)our side-2)their side-3)and the truth. You win some and you lose some…

Wally

September 21st, 2011
5:23 pm

Oh he did it,you can bet on it. And now he is gonna pay the piper. He is lucky he got 18 years to live, that police officer sure did not. Good Riddance Troy Davis! This world will be better without you on it.

jim

September 21st, 2011
5:25 pm

At 7PM tonight, justice will finally be served. About 10 years too late. BYE BYE TROY………

JD

September 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Kill Davis already. He’s taking up too much time in the national news. The national news should be about broader issues like the economy, international relations, war and famine, not about one insignificant, utterly worthless human being who deserves what he is getting. As for the debate about capital punishment, one thing is clear: For virtually every person put to death legally (with the possible exception of Ted Bundy), the collective IQ of humanity is increased, thereby advancing human evolution. Think about it.

KGray

September 21st, 2011
5:33 pm

You people are nothing more that a bunch of CRAZY Pathetic people and especially that trailer trash Captain Midnight who is probably married to his cousin. He is one of the most negative people on the blog. Just as you said on the Michael Vick blog my husband and I have never had any government public assistance, is that because, your toothless mother has always been on public aid. My husband and I both work and live quite well and I’m sure that trailer gets tight with that BIG FAT NASTY LOOKING WIFE AND 3 SNOT RUNNING FAT KIDS!

kevin

September 21st, 2011
5:33 pm

Nobody is saying he is innocent- we weren’t there, we don’t know! We just know there is TOO MUCH DOUBT! Everyone wants justice for the family of the officer that was killed, but frying a man that didn’t do the crime IS NOT JUSTICE!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Davis_case

Joe the Plutocrat

September 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

Donna P. justice for Officer MacPhail would require his murderer be killed; not a “convicted murderer” or even “a murderer”. BIG DIFFERENCE.

Brian 30101 – the fact that the victim was a police officer most certainly came into play. Do you not believe it possible that the officers who arrested Davis might have been blinded by their rage and dedicated to avenging the death of a “brother”. as has been noted, there are some celebrities who are anti-death penalty, period, but in this case, it seems there is enough doubt to commute his sentence to life.

A dad. are you suggesting the witnesses were “credible” at the trial, bit have become suspect since? frankly, I think they should execute the witnesses who lied under oath; regardless of what they do to Troy Davis.

Everyone – our justice system does not place ANY value on the truth. it places it on testimony. and since we KNOW BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT that people LIE IN COURT ALL THE TIME, how can we convict and execute based on testimony? no murder weapon has ever been found. get a murder weapon, some DNA or compeling forensic evidence and stick a needle in his arm, but until then; this is madness.

Frank Drebbin – spot on re: Brian Nichols vs. Troy Davis.

Wally

September 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

Come on Folk’s. We all know what this really about…THE DEATH PENALTY. Either you believe in it or you don’t.I do as most people do. Does Troy Davis, Brian Nichols,Gary Hilton, and the kid that killed the Clayton County Policeman deserve death? Hell yeah they do.And if you kill a child,pregnant mother, or the elderly it should always be a death penalty case..no excuses.Faster than 18 years I might add.