What was planned as a vigil instead became a celebration.
This evening, less than two hours before he was scheduled to be executed by the state of Georgia, longtime death row inmate Troy Davis was granted a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. To celebrate the eleventh hour decision, Davis supporters gathered on the western steps of the state Capitol.
"I was stunned," says Laura Moye, deputy director of Amnesty International USA's Southern regional office. Moye learned of the court's decision while she was taping a radio interview. "We'd hoped for it all day. I was prepared for the worst, but I'd hoped for the best."
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court's justices are scheduled to decide whether or not to hear Davis' case. If they refuse to hear it, the stay will end.
"The struggle is not over," Moye says. "We at least have a little more time. Every day is a gift. We will celebrate today, we will organize tomorrow."
(Photo by Thomas Wheatley)
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