February 10, 2020
Todd Williams, Buncombe County District Attorney since 2015, has announced he is endorsing Democrat Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.
“While serving as Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay, Moe Davis demonstrated his commitment to fairness, integrity and justice by refusing to use evidence obtained through torture,’’ Williams said in a statement. “I endorse Moe Davis because WNC needs his outstanding leadership and ethics in US Congress.”
Davis, 61, was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from Sept. 2005 to Oct. 2007 and is best known for refusing to use evidence obtained through torture in prosecutions and resigning his position because of it. Davis later worked as Senior Specialist in National Security for the Congressional Research Service.
Before retiring from the military in 2008, Davis was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit. He also earned six Meritorious Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal in his career.
Davis was a law professor at Howard University and most recently worked as a judge at the U.S. Department of Labor before moving back to his home state of North Carolina and announcing a run for Congress.
“Like Todd Williams, I worked for years as a defense attorney before I became the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay and that experience gives you a broader perspective,’’ Davis said. “Prosecutors often receive a case file that makes the accused look like a horrible human being. A defense counsel meets the actual person that goes with the case file. Some of them are bad people, but others are decent people who made a mistake or, in some cases, the accused is truly innocent.
“My role at Guantanamo was akin to Todd Williams’s role here in Buncombe County as our District Attorney: Making sure that justice and fairness remains the primary focus rather than simply winning cases at any cost. I appreciate District Attorney Williams endorsing me in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District.”
The endorsement comes just days before early voting is set to begin on Thursday throughout the 11th District. The primary is March 3.