Stars Outraged By Death Row Prisoner’s Clemency Rejection

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September 20, 2011 | 2:25pm EST

Country singer Chely Wright, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and author Salman Rushdie have been left appalled after Georgia authorities denied clemency to a Death Row prisoner whose murder case lacks solid evidence linking him to the crime.
A slew of celebrities have been campaigning on behalf of Troy Davis, who was convicted in 1991 of killing a police officer two years earlier. The guilty verdict caused controversy because authorities in Georgia have never found a murder weapon or unearthed physical evidence to connect him to the murder.

Davis’ lawyers launched a last-ditch plea for clemency, but the bid was rejected by officials at the Georgia State Board of Pardons on Tuesday and he will be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday.

A number of Davis’ star supporters have taken to to express their shock and outrage at the ruling.

Wright writes, “I am 100 per cent, without a doubt, opposed to capital punishment. Not only is there a chance of executing the innocent, I think it is morally wrong.”

Simmons adds, “Clemency denied for troy davis. Horrible news…”, while Rushdie insists, “If Troy Davis is executed in Georgia it will be a crime.”

Other outspoken stars who have ‘tweeted’ their support for Davis recently include Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson and musicians Yoko Ono, Usher and John Legend.