By Alan BeanNo one was particularly surprised when Jesse Jackson called on the state of Georgia to commute the death sentence against Troy Davis. Now the European Union is going to bat for Davis. According to the Canadian Press, the EU is concerned that an innocent man may soon be scheduled for execution.
Popes and former presidents have previously gone to bat for Mr. Davis and this isn’t the first time the European Union has expressed its concerns about the case. International outrage over this case is understandable–the United States is the only western democracy that uses the death penalty. It’s a key ingredient of what Sarah Palin calls “that American exceptionalism”.
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, released the following statement:
The European Union has followed the latest developments in the case of Mr. Troy Davis, a U.S. citizen sentenced to death in the State of Georgia, with great concern. He may now be at risk of imminent execution following the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on 28 March 2011 not to consider his final appeal and the announcement by the State of Georgia to change to an alternative drug that is more readily available in its three drug combination for executions.
The EU has repeatedly intervened on behalf of Mr. Davis and notes that serious and compelling doubts regarding his culpability continue to persist. The EU therefore calls for a commutation of his death sentence. The European Union reaffirms its principled and longstanding opposition to the use of capital punishment under all circumstances.