Former FBI Director Calls for a Stay on the Execution of Troy Davis

Note:  The Your Black World Coalition, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Jesse Jackson have launched a campaign to fight the execution of Troy Davis.  Please sign our petition by clicking here. 

The execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die in less than a week, should be halted because of “pervasive, persistent doubts” about his guilt, said William S. Sessions, a former federal district judge in Texas and FBI director under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, in a sharply-worded editorial on Thursday.

“Serious questions about Mr. Davis’ guilt, highlighted by witness recantations, allegations of police coercion, and a lack of relevant physical evidence, continue to plague his conviction,” Sessions wrote. He urged a state pardons board to commute the sentence to life in prison.

The unusual plea from Sessions, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the latest high-profile call for clemency for Davis, whose looming execution has become a lightning rod for national and international criticism. Among those who have called for a halt to the execution, scheduled for Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., are Pope Benedict XVI, former President Jimmy Carter and the leadership of the NAACP and Amnesty International.





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5 responses to “Former FBI Director Calls for a Stay on the Execution of Troy Davis

  1. WizardG

    William Sessions was part of the clique of American government terrorists including Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Colin Powell, Col.Oliver North, The CIA, The LAPD, etc,etc, who deliberately dumped crack cocaine into African American neighborhoods to punish us for among other things like just being “black”,– Starting riots in retaliation for police murders and abuses. It is disingenuous of him to throw is stained hat in the ring for this another episode of their kind of abuse of “blacks”. Is this his way of clearing his conscience or what? I dismiss his very existence!

    I wish Troy Davis and all of the imprisoned and falsely persecuted “black” people in our country a better way of life despite all the odds against them (us).

  2. It is amazing how quick America is willing to throw a black man in prison, but how difficult it is to get him out. All the facts and evidence support at least a new trial if not release. Thanks for doing your part to keep the pressure on. At the Black Man Survival Guide we support the cause as well.

  3. I hope, hope, hope & pray that Troy Davis will get justice — and by that I mean I hope his execution will NOT take place. Hope often takes a third place to Faith and Love — but at a time such as this, I cling to hope as the gift of expectancy — the expectancy of a miracle. I hope with all my heart — and picture this dear gentleman whom I do not know but for whom I dare to claim that his shall live — that he shall be alive on Thursday —
    Oh, please — Dear Lord — grant my prayer and the prayers of all others who are also in the spirit of hope. And this hope of those of us who agree — although apart by distance — we raise in a unified hope — that Troy Davis’ life shall be spared. Hoping & praying that our wishes for his freedom from death shall come to pass — Sincerely, luv, Buz

  4. In addition to the above reply (Ms. Valentina’s): pray, pray, pray.
    Being angry, revulsed etc. may be very justified but will not help anybody for now. There is no time to lose.

    My question to Mr. Sessions is only one: why if Mr. Davis would be innocent should his sentence be commuted to life instead of the obvious: freedom including whatever amount -although that will never measure up for the lost years and damage done – to be paid to him by the authorities. Helping him get an education and a job according to his will and skills.

  5. may i join the world in my plea to save the life of this fellow whose substantial evidence of killing a police officer seems unclear from what i have been reading. miscarriage of justice is bad in the eye of every religion. may almighty God do his wonders on Troy davis case today. we are in prayers. in God we trust.

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