Friday, July 20, 2007

The Pope weighs in

No kiddin':

By CARLOS CAMPOS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/20/07
Pope Benedict XVI has joined a growing list of high-profile death penalty opponents trying to keep condemned cop killer Troy Anthony Davis alive.

Davis, whose death sentence for the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer was put on hold this week 24 hours before it was scheduled, has received support from singer/activist Harry Bela-fonte, Sister Helen Prejean of "Dead Man Walking" fame and Mike Farrell of "MASH."

The Apostolic Nunciature, the Washington office of the Vatican, sent a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue on behalf of Benedict, asking that Davis be granted clemency. The letter arrived Monday.

"In the name of Pope Benedict XVI, I am respectfully asking you to commute Troy's sentence to life in prison without parole," wrote Monsignor Martin Krebs, chargé d'affaires for the Apostolic Nunciature. The letter goes on to say Davis' pending execution is "disturbing" given that many witnesses have come forward to say that their testimony implicating him was false.

State Board of Pardons and Paroles spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb declined to comment on the letter.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yep, we should be listening to Harry Belafonte. Funny how left-wing nutjobs are always labeled as "activists".

Anonymous said...

Do you suppose Mike Farrell would fight to save a man from execution if the man had brutally murdered one of Mike's loved ones?

Anonymous said...

I am sure that Mike Farrell would. It would be such a great way for Farrell to prove his moral superiority to the rest of us. Of course, he would fail to realize that such moral preening would look ridiculous, like Bud Welch's publicized visit to McVeigh's father.

Elizabeth said...

I may be wrong, but doesn't the use of the phrase "convicted cop killer" omit the fact that 7 out of 9 of those accusing Davis have said their statements were false, and that one of the two left was the other prime suspect?

And I wouldn't worry about the pope's opinion having too much sway in Georgia--there aren't too many Catholics in the state...

Check out Ezekiel Edward's post on DMIBlog for more on the Troy Davis issue...