Aug. 20, 2009 — Death row inmate Troy Davis won a new hearing this week in the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. But the case will focus as much, if not moreso, on whether he could have proved his innocence earlier. Davis’s lawyers have pulled together affidavits from witnesses claiming they lied on the stand or that another man is the real killer. Critics say the affidavits are not persuasive. Here’s your chance to read and decide for yourself.
Atlanta Unfiltered (that would be me) is one of three winners of $1,000 investigative fellowships from Investigative Reporters and Editors for 2009. The two other winners were Jonathan Jones and Anna Sussman, founders of backpackjournalist.org, which reports on stories of global interest from Africa, India and Southeast Asia. (Check them out. We are humbled to be mentioned in the same breath.) You, too, can support Atlanta Unfiltered’s watchdog journalism. How? Read on.