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Saturday, September 20, 2008

President Carter Calls for Clemency for Troy Davis

Today, the daddy is feeling this message from Jimmie Carter, our 38th president, former Governor of Georgia, Nobel Prize winner and highly respected statesman of the world. He calls on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reverse its decision to deny clemency to Troy Davis.

Davis was convicted of the murder of a Savannah police officer in 1991 with nothing but the flimsiest of evidence. Seven of the nine witnesses either recanted their
statements or admitted that they were pressured to point out Troy Davis as the murderer. One of the other witnesses has been a suspect in te murder.

Also, Davis' family and friends were not allowed to testify, leaving the
characterization of Davis the sole domain of State prosecutors. And the weapon used in the murder was never found.

After arguing for clemency for Davis, President Carter states:

"This case illustrates the deep flaws in the application of the death penalty in this country," said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. "Executing Troy Davis without a real examination of potentially exonerating evidence risks taking the life of an innocent man and would be a grave miscarriage of justice. The citizens of Georgia should demand the highest standards of proof when our legal system condemns on our behalf a man or woman to die."

Davis is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday.

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes today that, since
The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to make a decision on whether to hear a last-ditch appeal by Mr. Davis on Sept. 29 (six days after the state of Georgia plans to kill Davis), his lawyers tried to get the State to postpone the execution a few days. But the State would not change its mind. He says now his lawyers are trying to get the Supreme Court to issue a stay or decide whether it will consider an appeal.

He said the chances of an appeal looks slim.

Stay tuned. The daddy will keep you updated.


SagaciousHillbilly said...

This is why I am totally against the death penalty. . . human idiots, with all their prejudices and other mental flaws get to decide who lives and dies.

Nun in the Hood said...

Sagacious said it so well.....I don't understand why some people say they are PRO-LIFE, and yet they are at the same time PRO-WAR & PRO DEATH PENALTY. ALL OD LIFE IS SACRED!
I will pray for Troy Davis.

MacDaddy said...

sagacious: The notion of a death penalty should be against the principles and dignity of any modern, 21st century nation...They're trying to execute this guy based on witness accounts, most of them recanted. Research shows eyewitnesses are not very reliable, especially in murder cases.
nun: Yes, that would be many of my Black Republican and-- no disrespect, Sister-- Catholic friends. To them, once a human being is born, they're not sacred anymore. Thanks for coming back.

Somebodies Friend said...

As long as Davis is not allowed to go free, that he sits in that jail cell waiting for a new trial, that is the fair alternative.

I'm not a death penalty proponant, but you don't want to know what I think if Davis is allowed to walk free, after the brutal crime that was committed, without a retrial.

MacDaddy said...

somebodiesfriend: I hear you. Based on the evidence I've seen, based on the recanting of the statements by so-called eye witnesses, and based on the fact that Davis family and friends were not allowed to testify, I think he should get a new trial...As I think you know, I come from that area (Georgia and Alabama) and I can tell you: Georgia is even worse than Alabama in executing people, even if they're mentally deranged. So the chances of a stay of execution are very slim, as Bob Herbert indicated in his commentary in the New York Times.

rainywalker said...

Once the justice steamroller gets going they see no need to slow it down. This is a real case of blind justice. A few days may mean nothing to you and I, but Mr. Davis its his life.

R.J. said...

I just read about this in Bob Herbert's column and I hope his life is spared.

MacDaddy, you've also been nominated for an award.