Joe Mirabella

White House Response to Troy Davis' Pending Execution

Filed By Joe Mirabella | September 21, 2011 7:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: President Obama, scheduled execution, Troy Davis, White House, White House statement

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed any minute. I asked the White House whether the President planned to intercede. Some speculated he could pause the execution by requesting a federal investigation. Others hoped the President would use this opportunity to speak about racial injustice within the criminal "justice" system.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded:

"Dating back to his time in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system - especially in capital punishment cases. However, it is not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution."

Sadly, the only hope is left with the Supreme Court of the United States. Let's hope they halt the execution of an innocent man.

UPDATE 9:17 PM PST: Troy Davis was denied a stay of execution by the United States Supreme Court. The State of Georgia executed Troy Davis at 11:08 PM EST on September 21. Davis's last words were, "May God bless your souls."


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President Obama's response is entirely appropriate -- this is a purely state matter which falls outside his rightful jurisdiction as President of the United States. The only remaining recourse for Mr. Davis is the United States Supreme Court; indeed, the execution is currently on hold pending the Supreme Court's decision. We can only pray they make the right decision.