April 27, 2009
Dear Uncle Troy,
I was not aware that my previous letter was not sent, so I am attaching this letter and the previous one into one letter. I will have to admit that the court’s decision surprised me. For some reason, I was sure that they would accept the appeal. When I read over the decision in an article, I felt their reasoning was not justified. They stated that much of this was submitted too late, and that previous courts had already “thoroughly” viewed the evidence. What they fail to realize is that this is not some late credit card payment where you pay a fine on a technicality; a human life is in jeopardy here, and no one should be forced to die because of a technicality. The value of life should, and in a cosmic sense does, supersede all laws of man.
Meanwhile, I have been mobilizing the students at Alpharetta High School; after remaining stagnant for some time, the number of people in the “Alpharetta High School for Troy Davis” group is rising once again. I am beginning a letter writing campaign where I will collect letters from the students to send it to anyone and everyone who has the power or influence to stop the execution. We may have suffered a serious blow with the court decision, but the struggle lives on.
I hope I will have another chance to visit you soon (I believe it has been about seventy days since the last visit). What bothers me the most about the death penalty is how arbitrary it is. I just learned of another death penalty case in Savannah where one witness recanted, and the judge ordered a whole new trial, yet here we have seven recantations but no justice. Had the same thing happened in Atlanta, I am positive you would not have been convicted. Had you been convicted but been in the north, you wouldn’t have received the death penalty. It is clear that this is not the correct way to go about things, but the State of Georgia seems bent on living in the past, just like it did during the civil rights movement, and just like it did during the Civil War. Regardless of the outcome, just know that as always we are there to support you and that you are never alone. I included a poem I wrote about how I feel to all those people who say that your execution is a “victory” for justice and about how I feel towards the way the government of the State of Georgia is run, and even towards the manner in which the United States and other Western nations treat or have treated the rest of the world.
Most sincerely yours,
Gautam R. Narula