NAACP May Ask Obama to Stop Davis Execution
Posted on Sep 21, 2011
With just hours to go until Troy Davis’ scheduled Wednesday night execution by the state of Georgia, the NAACP’s Edward DuBose said his group may ask President Obama to stop the killing by order of executive clemency. The appeal is “a long shot,” DuBose admitted, but stands as one of the only chances left to save Davis’ life.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter have argued that Davis should be spared execution in light of new evidence that emerged after his trial. Seven of nine witnesses recanted their original testimony against him, and three jurors who originally voted for death now believe that decision was a mistake. —ARK
United Press International:
The NAACP said it may appeal to U.S. President Barack Obama for executive clemency, after Georgia’s pardon and parole board Tuesday denied clemency to Davis. NAACP Georgia State Conference President Edward DuBose told the Los Angeles Times the appeal is “a long shot,” but may be one of the only avenues left.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Davis’ appeal in March, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal does not have the power to commute a death sentence, unlike governors in many other states.
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Amnesty International supporters in Bordeaux, France, gathered last week to protest the planned execution of Troy Davis.