Good morning, People for Justice! It's been a while since I posted an update on the campaign to save Troy's life; finally, there's some interesting news to report.
On Monday, June 6th, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the Rev. Jesse Jackson would get involved and speak with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles about Troy's case:
I don't know anything more about what Rev. Jackson's strategy is, but, to my mind, Troy deserves clemency and parole. There are others working for Troy who feel life in prison for him is the best he can hope for since his legal options are exhausted, and I whole-heartedly disagree with them. Troy should be spared execution - and FREED. If you agree, forward the link for this petition to everyone you know, or have ever known, and let's get our voices heard. If a 12 year-old boy can get thousands of signatures petitioning the Red Sox to make an (admittedly, honorable) video, surely we can inspire the same amount of people to save an innocent man's life.
In the best of all possible outcomes scenario, the real killer would accept responsibility for his crimes and Troy would be set free. I like this comment on another paper's website regarding Rev. Jackson's recent announcement:
"Rev. Jackson and other prominent members of the NAACP should also be working on a plea deal with the DA for the other suspect in this case, whose cousin's husband testified he saw shoot Officer MacPhail - especially since he is the state's leading, and only, witness against Troy. If this man simply confessed to his crimes, it would be impossible for a judge to hold Troy any longer, and JUSTICE would finally be served. But Coles isn't going to do the honorable, responsible thing facing the threat of execution. His family have urged him over the years to do this, and for all we know, he may want to. If the DA offered him life in prison, instead of execution, he might be able to come forward and save Troy's life. Coles' family's pleadings have no weight to them, but a deal with the DA would, and Rev. Jackson is certainly MORE than capable of brokering that."
Aren't ministers supposed to be experts at teaching people how to ask for forgiveness, after all? Who wants to start a petition to the Reverend?