Bernice King Asks Court to Grant Clemency in Troy Davis Case


Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., has weighed in on the case of Troy Davis, a murder convict who is sentenced to die in Georgia on Wednesday and whose case has attracted attention around the world.

King has written a letter to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles dated Saturday in which she repeats one of her father’s famous quotes — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and then writes, “It is with this in mind that I echo the cries of hundreds of thousands of others in asking your distinguished body to grant Troy Anthony Davis clemency and commute his sentence of death.”
The panel is set to review Davis’ case on Monday.
Davis, now 42, was convicted in 1991 for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah, Ga., police officer. Davis supporters, who range from NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous to former president Jimmy Carter, point out that 10 witnesses in the case have signed affidavits recanting their testimony and saying they were coerced by police, and that nine people have signed affidavits implicating another man.
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Melanie Eversley

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