Supreme Court Clears the Way for Georgia Execution

On September 23, just hours before Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis was to be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay so that they could hear an appeal in the case on September 29.

The Associated Press reported that on October 14, despite the fact that seven of nine key witnesses in the case have now recanted their testimony against Davis; the Supreme Court cleared the way for his execution.  The court declined to give Davis’ appeal a full-blown hearing.

A new date for the execution has not been set, but there are no prospects for any legal avenues to stop it.

Davis was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, a Savannah, Georgia police officer.  To read more about the case, please see our previous article:  Supreme Court Postpones Execution.


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