Larry Chisolm, the first black district attorney in Chatham County (Savannah), Georgia, faces a dilemma.

The NAACP and others are pushing him to review the case of Troy Davis, a black man sentenced to death for the 1989 slaying of white police officer Mark McPhail. Some witnesses who helped convict Davis have since recanted. The Georgia Supreme Court has denied Davis’ appeal, as has the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

If Chisolm intervenes, he may lose conservative support, as well as the support of the police force. If he refuses, he stands to forfeit the black vote, which was key to his initial election.

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