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Sources: President Obama tried to save Troy Davis from execution

Demonstrators gather in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, as they protest the planned execution of death row inmate Troy Davis. Davis is facing lethal injection for ki

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 black broadcasters.

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 violated.

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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