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Pastor chains himself in protest of Troy Davis decision

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An Atlanta pastor has chained himself to a flag pole in front of the building that houses the State Board of Pardons and Paroles in protest of the board's decision to deny clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis.

Rev. Marvin Morgan, of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, said he will remain chained to the post, fasting, as long as he can.

Davis is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

Morgan said he wrote a letter to the pardons board, offering to give his own life in exchange for Davis' life. He said he did not get a response from the board.

On Tuesday morning, the pardons board announced its decision, releasing the following statement:

"This morning, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles issued its decision denying clemency
for Troy Anthony Davis. The Board members have not taken their responsibility lightly and certainly understand the emotions attached to a death penalty case. Since 2000, the Board has commuted three death penalty cases. In considering clemency in such cases, the Board weighs each case on its own merit. The Board has considered the totality of the information presented in this case and thoroughly deliberated on it, after which the decision was to deny clemency."

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