Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

Troy Davis Death Penalty Case Captures World Attention

South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked the Georgia parole board to offer Troy Davis clemency. Image via Wikipedia

On Monday, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will give Troy Davis his last chance to avoid death by lethal injection, scheduled for Wednesday.

Mr. Davis’s sister, Martina Correia, a former solder, has long argued that the police simply got the wrong man. A parade of witnesses have recanted since the original trial. New testimony suggests the prosecution’s main witness is the real killer.

The list of people asking the Georgia parole board to offer clemency includes the following: fifty-one members of Congress, leaders of the Southern Baptist Church, Amnesty International, former Congressman Bob Barr, Jimmy Carter, Cee Lo Green, the Indigo Girls, death penalty supporter and former F.B.I.   Sessions, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and hundreds of thousands of people who have signed online petitions.

On Friday, about 1,000 people marched to Ebenezer Baptist Church for a prayer vigil, one of hundreds of rallies around the world.

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In 1862, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam. With 23,100 killed, wounded or captured, it remains the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.

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