Why would the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board not stop the execution tomorrow of a man who has the support of people across the world as 'wrongly charged'? Seven eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony that Troy Davis shot Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
There is no DNA evidence, just recanted testimonies on who shot Officer MacPhail on a dark night in
Also testifying before the board was Quiana Glover, a Savannah woman who says that she heard Sylvester "Redd" Coles, who was with Davis shortly before MacPhail was killed, say he was the actual killer. Coles made the statement during a party in June 2009 when he had been drinking heavily, Glover said in a sworn affidavit.
Coles, the first to implicate Davis to the police, testified at trial that he left the scene before shots were fired.
Calls for Davis to be spared execution have been made by numerous dignitaries, including former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, former FBI Director William Sessions, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher and Larry Thompson, the former deputy U.S. attorney general. Davis' advocates, including Amnesty International and the NAACP, have used social media to rally worldwide support. Last week, Davis' supporters presented the parole board with the names of more than 663,000 people asking that Davis be granted clemency.
This is the fourth time the state of Georgia has set an execution date for Davis. On three prior occasions, he was granted stays -- twice just hours before his execution was to be carried out.
There is considerable doubt here:
Among witnesses to testify on Davis' behalf was Brenda Forrest, a juror who voted to sentence Davis to death at the 1991 trial. She now says she has too much doubt about her verdict and is asking the board to grant clemency. Two other jurors who voted to sentence Davis to death have signed affidavits asking the board to spare Davis from execution.
But 'guilty beyond a reasonable doubt' is not resonating with the Georgian 'justice' system in the case of Troy Davis.
Is the fever pitch Rick Perry style government by execution hanging by such a thin thread that those who depend on corrupt politicians like Perry to protect their vast wealth and power (in part by creating and enraging a tea party of brown shirts) fear that granting Davis clemency will deflate the fever pitch of hate and fear and pull this carefully woven rug out from under their feet?
A ubiquitous view that justice, clemency, tolerance permeate our country is very dangerous for those who have their boot on the neck of this country.
It may not be very hard for those on the Georgia Pardons and Paroles Board to smell the sulfur in the air and fear (consciously or subconsciously) the consequences of leniency.