Political Leaders Convinced of Troy Davis' Innocence

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) _ After meeting for nearly two hours with death row inmate Troy Davis on Friday, two Georgia congressmen and the president of the NAACP say they are convinced of his innocence and committed to saving his life.

Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson say they plan to pursue other legal means to resolving Davis' case, which is in the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. NAACP President Ben Jealous says the case is now a national priority for his organization.

Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. His guilt was put in question after several
witnesses from his trial changed their testimony. Supporters are calling for a new trial.

Lewis says he has considered asking for a presidential pardon for Davis, but has not yet spoken to President Barack Obama about intervening in the case.


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