As the widespread effort to save the life of Georgia Death Row inmate Troy Davis reaches its final few hours, an unlikely assortment of celebrities have spoken out in support of Davis, who many say was unfairly railroaded on a capital murder charge with shaky evidence. But in the Twitterverse, Davis's relatively newfound celebrity has led to a strange phenomenon: Hundreds and hundreds of comparisons to Casey Anthony.
Atlanta rapper Big Boi and writer Salman Rushdie have joined in with ex-president Jimmy Carter, Republican Georgia Rep. Bob Barr, and former FBI director William S. Sessions in calling for clemency for Davis. On his brand new Twitter feed, Rushdie wrote, "As an Honorary Citizen of the State of Georgia and Professor at Emory University, I appeal to #georgiagov not to execute #Troy Davis." Big Boi, of the group Outkast, gave a lengthy interview to Global Grind, in which he said Davis had asked him to spread word about his case. He compared Davis's case to that ofAnthony, the Florida woman acquitted in August of killing her infant daughter. "Look at Casey Anthony in Florida. With way more evidence than what Troy has against him, they let her go scotch free," he told Global Grind. Journalist Goldie Taylor also made the comparison on Twitter. A search for "Casey Anthony, Troy Davis" on Wednesday returned hundreds of tweets every hour comparing the two cases. "They let Casey Anthony the child killer go but trying to kill Troy Davis ! boy boy boy racism is still alive & well," wrote T_eLizabeth, one of many, many Twitter users making the same point.