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September 17, 2011Chairman James E. DonaldVice Chairman Albert MurrayMr. Robert E. KellerMs. L. Gale BucknerMr. Terry BarnardGeorgia State Board of Pardons and ParolesTwo Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SESuite 458, Balcony Level, East TowerAtlanta, Georgia 30334Re: Troy Anthony DavisDear Chairman Donald and Members of the Board:My Father, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a singlegarment of destiny. What affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
There is no truer a sentimentto express the threat to justice now presented to you, as the arbiters of Troy Anthony Davis’ fate.It is with this in mind that I echo the cries of hundreds of thousands of others in asking yourdistinguished body to grant Troy Anthony Davis clemency and commute his sentence of death.As daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, my family is well acquainted with the sufferingand agony of losing a loved one to murder and the desire to see truth and justice prevail; as is thetragic case of slain police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. We believe, as my Father taught,
“Thearc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
In our quest for justice, we mustembrace the truth of America’s promise; we must hold America to its word. As we seek solaceand justice, we must be careful not to perpetuate the chain of violence for the sake of expedience.The law must seek justice knowing that the two are not always synonymous. In the case of TroyDavis, it falls to each of you to make it so.Something has gone fundamentally wrong in our judicial system when overwhelming evidencesuggesting innocence is set aside by the courts. At a minimum, between new evidence andrecanted testimonies, there is at least enough reasonable doubt to stop an act of state so final thatit denies a potentially innocent man his life. By Judge W.T. Moore’s own admission, the State’s“case may not be ironclad.” Further, in your own 2007 ruling, you stated that the Board "will notallow an execution to proceed in this State unless and until its members are convinced that thereis no doubt as to the guilt of the accused." In this case, doubt abounds. Under these conditions,the responsible, humane action is to ensure Mr. Davis receives an evidentiary hearing or a newtrial. Short of this just action, clemency is certainly in order.As my Father said, “
There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
It is my solemn prayer thatas you deliberate, your conscience does not silently betray both self and society. Please use yourpower of executive clemency to restore faith in the judicial system and place justice and the ruleof law in proper order. I implore you to right this wrong and land on the right side of history.