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Post  Jennie on Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:11 pm

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Re: Anthony Troy Davis - GA

Post  Jennie on Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:11 pm

GEORGIA:

Ga. death row inmate appeals to US Supreme Court


A Georgia man convicted of killing a police officer is asking the Supreme Court to grant him a hearing based on witnesses who recanted their testimony and others who say another man confessed to the crime.

Troy Davis, on death row for gunning down a Savannah police officer in 1989, says evidence of his innocence is strong enough to prevent the state from executing him before a judge hears from the witnesses.

The Georgia Supreme Court, by identical 4-3 votes, rejected Davis' appeal in March and a plea to reconsider the ruling in April. The Georgia high court said the evidence is not strong enough. A trial court in Savannah that earlier denied the appeal did nothing improper, the court said.

In dissent, Chief Justice Leah Sears said 3 people have said someone else confessed to shooting Officer Mark MacPhail, while "nearly every witness who identified Davis as the shooter at trial has now disclaimed his or her ability to do so reliably."

Davis was 1 day away from being put to death a year ago when the state Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a stay of execution. The state has yet to set a new execution date.

The justices probably will not consider Davis' appeal before the fall.

The case is Davis v. Georgia, 08-66.

(source: The Examiner)
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