Monthly Archives: September 27, 2008

City of Georgetown Statement Concerning Jimmy Fennell Plea

The following is Georgetown’s response to the civil lawsuits filed yesterday by one of Jimmy Fennel’s victims: The City of Georgetown is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred on October 26, 2007, involving former Sergeant Jimmy Fennell. While no profession is immune from unlawful or unethical conduct from its members, we recognize the…read more

Fennell gets 10 years

By Isadora Vail | Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:58 AM Former Georgetown Police Sgt. Jimmy Lewis Fennell Jr. showed little emotion this morning as state District Judge Burt Carnes sentenced him to 10 years behind bars. Fennell pleaded guilty in May to felony charges of kidnapping and improper sexual activity with a person in custody….read more


Austin’s chapter of the Campaign to END the Death Penalty is holding a protest Monday, September 29th in support of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis. Davis, who has a strong innocence claim, was granted a temporary stay by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, less than 2 hours before his scheduled execution. The stay lasts…read more

Please Take Action to Save Larry Swearingen

Dear fellow Abolitionists, we are struggling to save the life of death row prisoner Larry Swearingen in Texas who is scheduled for another hearing on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Conroe, Texas. This hearing is about Larry’s motion to get biased Judge Fred Edwards recused off his…read more

AJC: Troy Davis may be innocent

The following is Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s editorial on Troy Davis’ execution: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 If Troy Anthony Davis had occupied a higher rung on the social ladder, he probably would not have been convicted of murder in the August 1989 shooting death of a Savannah police officer. If Davis were a doctor or lawyer or…read more

Troy Davis’ execution stayed

Here is the court order: ORDER LIST: 554 U.S.)TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008ORDER IN PENDING CASE08-66 DAVIS, TROY A. V. GEORGIA(O8A241) The application for stay of execution of sentence of deathpresented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court isgranted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ ofcertiorari. Should the petition for…read more

Protests planned against Davis’ execution

As Troy Anthony Davis waits to hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will stay his execution Tuesday night, death-penalty opponents planned protests and vigils across the state. Davis, 39, sits on death row for the Aug. 19, 1989, killing of Officer Mark Allen MacPhail. He is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection…read more

A Death Row visit with Troy A. Davis

Sunday September 21, 2008By Patrick Dyer Today I visited Troy Anthony Davis on Georgia’s death row, a little over 48 hours before the state plans to put him to death for a crime he didn’t commit. As I traveled the highway, through the red clay and green pine trees of Georgia this mild autumn Sunday…read more

Bob Herbert: What’s the Rush?

Bob Herbert, New York Times’ Op-Ed columnist has published a great column about Troy Davis: Go to Columnist Page » Troy Davis, who was convicted of shooting a police officer to death in the parking lot of a Burger King in Savannah, Ga., is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday. There is some question as…read more