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Monday, September 22, 2008

Preacher offers to die in place of Troy Davis

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In case you missed Joeff Davis' report earlier, the Rev. Marvin Morgan of Atlanta offered to be executed in the place of Troy Davis, who's scheduled to die tomorrow. He and two other people have been in the governor's waiting room since just after 11 a.m.

Here's part of the letter he delivered to the governor's office.

I, MARVIN L. MORGAN, DO HEREBY REQUEST THAT YOU (The State of Georgia) TAKE MY LIFE INSTEAD OF THAT OF TROY DAVIS, AND ALLOW TROY TO BE SET FREE. I AM AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY TO BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SO THAT THIS REQUEST MAY BE CARRIED FORWARD.

It may be a publicity stunt, but it's a good and honorable one.

“We are tired of our state killing people, and it has to stop at some point," Morgan just told me over his cellphone. "And if making this type of offer helps people in power to take some corrective action now, well, good – because that [execution] is an action that cannot be taken back. We cannot give anyone their life back."

How seriously did he think about his offer? “I’ve thought about it enough to discuss it with my wife when I left home this morning. And I wish they would say, 'Yes,' " he said. "They probably will not [accept the offer], but if it can draw additional attention to this issue ... "

Morgan is no slouch. He's minister of pastoral care at First Congregational United Church in Atlanta and holds a masters of divinity from Duke Divinity School, as well as a doctor of ministries degree from Drew University. He's on the board of Elon University and has held national leadership posts with the United Church of Christ. He was former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young's preacher during the 1980s — when he says he made a similar offer that preceded a convicted man in being freed.

Davis is scheduled to die tomorrow night at the hands of the state — even though seven witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimony.

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