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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court denies Troy Davis appeal

After giving the case intense consideration, the nation's highest court will not hear the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, according to an email from Amnesty International.

Essentially, this means Davis has run out of appeals — despite the fact that seven of his nine trial witnesses have recanted their testimony. His execution date — the third in just over a year — likely will be set soon. This time, there will be little to no hope for a stay.

For background on the case, click here.

More to come ...

UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court's order states:

The motion of The Innocence Project for leave to file a brief as amicus curiae is granted. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

Basically, the justices will not review Davis' case (including a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court), but will allow did consider a "friend of the court" brief from the Innocence Project, the nonprofit dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted inmates. Apparently, the amicus brief did not sway the justices.

According to Amnesty International:

In denying Davis’ petition for a writ of certiorari, the Court has effectively ended a longstanding battle to have new evidence in Davis’ favor heard in a court of law.

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