Atlanta (WAOK)-Four Georgia members of Congress have asked the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency for Troy Davis. Davis is scheduled to face execution September 21 for the 1989 killing of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
Representatives Hank Johnson of Decatur, John Lewis and David Scott of Atlanta, and Sanford Bishop of Albany, all Democrats, put their signatures to the letter. A total of four dozen members of Congress signed. You can read the letter here.
Many have argued for a commutation of Davis’s death sentence or have asaked for clemency including former President Jimmy Carter, activist Harry Belafonte, actor Mike Farrell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Pope Benedict.
According to Amnesty International which has been supporting the call for clemency for Davis, in the days before Davis’ execution, the Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.
This is the fourth death warrant that has been signed for Troy Davis.
If you would like to sign a petition for clemency for Troy Davis go to www.change.org