Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
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GROUNDSWELL OF SUPPORT FOR
200 Religious Leaders Sign Clemency Letter from Concerned Clergy; Petition Signatures, Letters to Parole Board Top 200,000
An Amnesty International delegation, including executive director Larry Cox, Martina Correia (sister of Davis), State Sen. Vincent Fort and death-row exonerees Shujaa Graham and Darby Tillis, delivered more than 21,000 new letters to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles today.
“The public is understandably outraged that Troy Davis never had favorable evidence heard in a court of law,” said Larry Cox, executive director for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). “When the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles granted Davis’ stay of execution, it stated that its members ‘will not allow an execution to proceed in this state unless and until its members are convinced that there is no doubt as to the guilt of the accused.’ The letters are an indisputable reminder that questions of innocence have never been erased.
In recent days, 200 religious leaders signed the human rights organization’s letter from concerned clergy. The 118 Georgia signatories include noted civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese and Rev. Darrell D. Elligan, president of the Concerned Black Clergy. The letter was also signed by 56 U.S.-based clergy and 26 religious leaders from abroad, including
“As leaders of our respective faith communities, we all find within our teachings a divine directive to support justice in the world and to uphold the sacredness of life. As such, we are united in our support of clemency for Mr. Troy Anthony Davis,” they said. “Our hearts remain broken for the family of Officer MacPhail…at the same time, we must not allow the injustice of his death to be compounded by the death of one who may well be innocent.”
Noted figures such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu have renewed their calls of support for
Since the launch of its February 2007 report, “Where Is the Justice for Me? The Case of
"There but for the grace of God go I" - Said by John Bradford (1510 - 1555) whilst in prison upon seeing a prisoner led to execution. He was later burnt at the stake for being the wrong religion at the wrong time. He is considered a martyr now.