The Pope himself has formally called on the state of Georgia to spare Troy Davis from his death sentence.
The Vatican delivered a letter to Governor Sonny Perdue on Monday, the same day Mr. Davis’s stay was granted.
“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, the office’s charge d’affaires.
Meanwhile, the Board of Pardons and Parole is considering the new evidence presented to it, and in their own words:
Scheree Lipscomb, a spokeswoman for the board, said it has received thousands of letters from Davis supporters, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, and it will treat the pope’s letter like all others. She said the board is aware of the letters, but its responsibility is to review the facts in the case.
Hopefully they will consider the fact that the Pope and everyone outside of the Georgia DA’s office agrees that refusing to commute Mr. Davis’s sentence would be a serious miscarriage of justice.