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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Troy Davis' attorneys seek stay

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 2:34 PM

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Convicted cop-killer Troy Anthony Davis, who is scheduled for execution next week — despite evidence that suggests he might be innocent — wants his case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a press release from the office of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The Georgia Supreme Court narrowly voted earlier this year to prevent a lower court from hearing new evidence in Davis' case — including seven of nine trial witnesses who've since recanted their testimony. The ruling came down to a technicality.

Now, the state's highest court must decide whether Davis deserves a stay of execution in order to appeal his case to the country's highest court.

The decision to appeal comes on the heels of the state Pardons and Parole Board's decision not to grant Davis clemency — a decision that shocked Davis' supporters. Last year, the board had indicated it was troubled by questions of Davis' guilt.

Earlier this year, Davis' Washington D.C.-based attorney, Jason Ewart, told CL that the odds of Davis' case landing before the country's highest court were slim.

"Getting your case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court is kind of like winning the lottery," Ewart said. "We’re proceeding down that path, but we expect that the real action is going to be in the pardons and parole board."

Time for Plan B.

(Photo of Troy Davis, courtesy of Georgia Department of Corrections)

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