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Troy Davis innocent, say congressmen Lewis, Johnson
They say they’re committed to saving life of accused cop killer
By ERRIN HAINES
Friday, May 29, 2009
Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson said they plan to return to Washington to pursue other legal means to resolving Davis’ case, which is currently back in the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. NAACP President Ben Jealous said the case is now a national priority for the organization.
“This case stands out,” Jealous said during a news conference after he met with
Prosecutors, meanwhile, consider the case closed and cast doubt on the new evidence. Former Savannah District Attorney Spencer Lawton has said the new testimony is “very difficult to believe” because it could have been manipulated.
Lewis said he has considered asking for a presidential pardon for
On May 22, two dozen congressmen — including Lewis and Johnson — sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about Davis’ case, asking him to “take any action, open any investigation or simply use the persuasion of your office to ensure that a grave injustice is not done in Georgia” and said MacPhail’s death “brought the ire and rage of a city that still bore the scars of segregation, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement.”
“One man cannot stand in the place of another to placate some generic cry for quick justice through abbreviated investigation,” reads the letter, which was also sent to Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisholm and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker.
MacPhail, who was working off-duty as a security guard at a bus station, rushed to help a homeless man who had been pistol-whipped at a nearby parking lot. The 27-year-old was shot twice when he approached Davis and two other men. Witnesses identified
Johnson, who wrote a letter to the state parole board in 2007 asking for clemency for Davis, said on Friday that
“There was a railroading of Troy
Davis’ sister, Martina Correia, said she was encouraged that others were now telling his story.
“For almost 20 years, I’ve been trying to get somebody to listen,” said Correia. “Now we have the world watching and the state of
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