Sources: President Obama tried to
save Troy Davis from execution
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & Publisher
ATLANTA, Sept. 26,
2011, 4 p.m.
President Obama candidly Friday took a little time to explain how he
tried to save Troy Davis and why he did not say anything about his
controversial execution, two sources told Redding News Review.
Obama's White House spent "three days" looking at how
it could legally get involved in the case on a federal level, one
source said. The Obama administration even called the state of
Georgia about getting involved and were told "No".
(Updated on Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. ET - The source said the president
himself never called and was only concerned about an injustice, as
he would do for any American).
"'We looked at every possible avenue legally,'"
the source reported Obama said. "'There was not one there.'"
"'It was a state case and I could not intervene
because it wasn't federal,'" another source reported Obama said.
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The two sources told Redding News Review that Obama
talked about Davis, during a private lunch meeting of about 10 select
Obama said the only reason why he spoke about Harvard's Henry
Louis Gates' case, was because he was asked by a reporter, Obama told one source.
What's more, Obama also said that the only reason why his
administration spoke out about an illegal immigrant's case, Humberto Leal Garcia
Jr., in July was because it was an international issue, where his rights were
Sure, the president could have simply spoken out about Davis,
the source said, but it would not have done anything.
"'I don't want to make this man's death political for me,'"
Obama told the source.
(Publishers Note: Redding News Review was asked to add a line
to its story, because some members of the press were trying to "spin" the
report. Our source told us, that the "press" had started saying that Obama would
not help a white man on death row. We added a line about the president himself
not making calls about Davis to clear up any confusion).
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