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20 Sep

Troy Davis Denied Clemency

Amy Goodman

Democracy Now! / Video Report

Published: Tuesday 20 September 2011

 

Davis is now set to be executed by lethal injection on
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m

 

Shortly before our broadcast ended, the Georgia Board of
Pardons and Paroles announced it rejected clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. The
Board has the sole authority to stay the execution under Georgia state law.
Davis is now set to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Davis was convicted for the 1989 killing of an off-duty white police officer.
Since then, seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their
testimony, and there is no physical evidence tying Davis to the crime scene.
Amnesty International, the NAACP and numerous other groups have called for
clemency. Former FBI Director William Sessions is among those calling for a
closer examination of whether Davis is guilty, joining a list that includes
Pope Benedict XVI, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the Archbishop
Desmond Tutu. We speak with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader and
founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, who has been a vocal supporter of the
campaign to spare Davis’s life. We also speak with Mary Schmid Mergler, senior
counsel for the Constitution Project’s Criminal Justice Program, who assembled
statements from a former Georgia Supreme Court justice, congressman and
prosecutors, as well as a former Texas governor, who urged the Supreme Court,
and now the Georgia pardons board, to halt Davis’s execution and commute his
death sentence to life in prison.

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