Deadly cruel irony

Troy Davis, who has been denied clemency last Friday by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, is awaiting a decision by the United States Supreme Court on whether to hear his last-ditch appeal, scheduled on Sept. 29. Except he may be dead by then; his execution is scheduled for Sept. 23. Oooops — bummer. Or, as columnist Bob Herbert writes in the New York Times, “perverted… [with] an extra dose of perversion in this case”. Never mind that countless people have signed petitions, that people like former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI have spoken up on Davis’s behalf, that his sister Martina took his case to the European Parliament. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles — actually, four out of the seven members — know without a doubt that Troy Davis is guilty. How those four people, who doubtlessly call themselves Christians, can sleep at night, is beyond me.

Help save his life.

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