On Tuesday (September 20), the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole announced that it had, for a second time, denied clemency for Troy Davis, who is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Jackson, Georgia.
As we mentioned in our previous post, Davis has maintained his innocence in the 1991 murder of officer Mark MacPhail, and seven of the nine witnesses have recanted their previous testimonies. In addition, numerous individuals, including international figures such as Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter, have pursued exoneration for Davis.
But millions of petitions were not enough for the parole board who issued a statement Tuesday announcing it had “met on Monday to consider a clemency request from attorneys representing condemned inmate Troy Anthony Davis. After considering the request, the Board has voted to deny clemency.“
Amnesty International issued a statement following the Board’s:
It is unconscionable that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied relief to Troy Davis. Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice. Should Troy Davis be executed, Georgia may well have executed an innocent man and in doing so discredited the justice system.
With only hours possibly remaining, the organization is CALLING ON EVERYONE TO TAKE ACTION NOW & stop the September 21 execution by contacting the Board and district attorney.