A Year After Troy Davis: What's Changed?

His execution captured the nation; 12 months later, there's still a spotlight on the death penalty.

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"I want you to join with me as we continue to fight for justice," Davis, who claims to have documentation showing that her brother did not commit murder, said during the news conference.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, the nation's largest African-American online political organization, spoke to The Root about the importance of continuing the cause. His group led a campaign to save Troy Davis' life, arguing that seven of the nine witnesses had changed their stories and no physical evidence linked Davis to the crime.

He remembers being outside the prison when the last-minute news came that the Supreme Court was going to review Davis' case. "Now, I'm 33 years old, and I grew up in the era of court TV shows where lawyers swoop in and save a person's life," he told The Root. "The human being in me that wanted to be [the] optimist believed that they couldn't possibly kill Troy Davis. And then he was executed. But we haven't given up on our fight against the death penalty."

Lynette Holloway is The Root's Midwest bureau chief.

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