EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/73/95
17 May 1995
Further information on EXTRA 49/95 (AMR 51/66/95, 2 May 1995) - Death Penalty
USA (Illinois) Girvies DAVIS
Amnesty International very much regrets that Girvies Davis was executed as
scheduled in Illinois on 17 May 1995.
Governor Jim Edgar refused to stop the execution, stating that Davis had
committed a heinous and brutal crime.
The execution went ahead despite doubts about Davis' guilt of the crime for
which he was sentenced to death, and Amnesty International believes that it
therefore violated United Nations safeguards. The UN Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 1984/50, Safeguard 4, states: "Capital punishment
may be imposed only when the guilt of the person charged is based upon clear
and convincing evidence leaving no doubt for an alternative explanation of
Letters expressing regret at Girvies Davis' execution may be sent to Governor
Edgar as indicated in the original action. Thank you to all who sent appeals.