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Monday, September 29, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court's Troy Davis decision expected by Oct. 6

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected decide by next Monday whether to hear the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis, AJC.com reports today. Last week, the high court granted Davis a stay — less than two hours before his scheduled execution — to give the justices time to decide if his innocence claims warrant further review.

According to the AJC story:

The high court’s granting the stay at such a late hour, while not unprecedented, indicates the case has the justices’ interest, court watchers said.

“The court can grant a stay and then refuse to hear a case, but they don’t issue the stay lightly,” said Thomas Goldstein, a Washington lawyer who specializes in arguing cases before the high court. “They are thinking about it hard.”

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court order stated that if the justices opt not to hear the appeal, "this stay shall terminate automatically" — meaning Davis' execution would again be imminent.

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