Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Supreme Court Puts Off Death Penalty Case

Yesterday the Supreme Court put off a controversial death penalty case with racial overtones until it reconvenes in the fall. Troy Davis has been in prison on death row for 18 years, convicted of murder, for the 1989 shooting death of a white policeman in Georgia. Davis has been denying his guilt from the beginning. Since his 1991 trial, 7 out of the 9 witnesses in his trial have either recanted or changed their testimony. There was no weapon found, no fingerprint evidence and no DNA evidence. One of the state's witnesses has since identified another man as the shooter. Davis has been granted several 11th hour stay of executions and has garnered international support for his cause. The European Union has opposed his execution, as has Pope Benedict XVI. There was no explanation for the court's decision yesterday. The decision means that no execution date will be set until the court reconvenes in the fall.

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