Sunday, September 21, 2008

Georgia: Sharpton on Davis

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that "civil rights activist" Al Sharpton has visited Troy Anthony Davis and has found the condemned man “surprisingly upbeat.” Says Sharpton:
“If you have this kind of wide array of people who don’t agree on much, but who believe that clemency is needed in this case, that should impress upon [the Georgia State Pardons and Parole Board] to give him another opportunity to show that there is not reasonable doubt.”
But a spokeswoman for the State's Pardons and Parole Board - which has considered clemency applications twice - says there will be no last-minute clemency this Tuesday, when Davis is to be executed for the murder of a policeman. Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the NAACP are planning a "rally" in front of the State Capitol. Davis is also supported by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, Pope Benedict XVI and Desmond Tutu. See story here.

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