Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Georgia: Davis Denied

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request to to commute the death sentence of 42-year-old Troy Anthony Davis. Davis is now scheduled to be executed at 7 pm, Wednesday, by lethal injection. It is the fourth time that he has been scheduled since being convicted of a murder, which was committed over two decades ago! The Board spent an entire day listening to Davis' supporters, prosecutors and relatives of the victim. Davis' attorney says it is the "wrong decision" and suspects the other side "just brow beat" the members of the Board. Notably, Georgia does NOT give the governor the authority to commute a sentence of someone about to be executed. Only the Board has the power to grant such a request, and it has done so only three times in the last decade. See story here and here

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