Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson seek clemency for Troy Davis

On Monday, September 12, Georgia Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson sent a letter urging a stay of execution for death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis and clemency in the form of a life sentence.  The letter was signed by more than 50 members of Congress to the Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles .

Both Lewis and Johnson joined other public figures, including Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, William Sessions, former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, activist Harry Belafonte, the European Parliament  and others who agree there is too much doubt in the case to proceed with execution. 

“This is one of those exceptional instances where adhering to the letter of the law could lead the state of Georgia to commit a grave injustice. That is why it is important for people of goodwill to stand together and speak out in this case,” Rep. Lewis said in a statement. “The parole board has the power to intervene on the people’s behalf to right a deplorable wrong, especially when there is so much room for doubt about this conviction. I believe the board seeks to do what is just and look forward prayerfully to the upcoming clemency hearing with the faith that justice will prevail.”

Lewis and Johnson have been fighting to stop Davis’ execution since 2007. So convinced of the possibility of an unjust execution in this case, Rep. Lewis made a rare appearance before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles that same year to speak on Davis’ behalf.  Also both members have visited Davis at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Savannah to speak to him about the case.

Download the Congressional Letter (.pdf)