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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressman tried to stop execution

One of Gwinnett's congressman got involved last week in the protest of the execution of Troy Davis.

On behalf of Davis, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat whose 4th District includes portions of Norcross and Lilburn, sent a letter to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, along with Michigan Congressman John Conyers Jr. and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott. All three are members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee

"As a criminal defense attorney, judge and member of the House Judiciary Committee, it disturbs me to my core that an unnecessary and unjust killing may take place," Johnson said early Wednesday. "If we execute a man despite new evidence that casts doubt on his guilt, it shakes the public's faith in the integrity of justice in Georgia."

The trio had also penned a letter to Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm urging him to drop the death warrant against Davis and support his appeal for clemency.

Davis, who was convicted of killing a Savannah police officer, died late Wednesday, while people protested outside.

"I offer my thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family of Troy Anthony Davis, a man killed by the citizens of Georgia despite a lack of moral certainty as to his guilt," Johnson said after the execution.

Gwinnett maps update

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on new district maps for Gwinnett Board of Commissioners and Board of Education.

Despite a call from a Democratic senator urging the Republican governor to veto the maps, Deal signed Gwinnett's legislation along with a slew of other local maps created during a special session this summer.

The district boundaries, as well as boundaries approved by the General Assembly for Congress and state House and Senate seats, must be considered by federal officials before becoming law.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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