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Monday, January 24, 2011

Troy Davis takes appeals to U.S. Supremes

Troy Davis
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The effort to prevent death row inmate Troy Davis from being executed continues.

On Friday, attorneys representing Davis filed appeals with the U.S. supreme court challenging two recent decisions:

— In June, Davis' counsel was given the opportunity to present new evidence — including recanted witness testimony — during a landmark evidentiary hearing that was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, in Aug., Federal Judge William T. Moore ruled that Davis had failed to clearly establish his innocence during the course of the hearing.

— Davis attempted to appeal Moore's decision in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but in Nov., that body said there was "doubt" that their court had jurisdiction "to hear an appeal from its finding that Davis did not establish his innocence of the murder conviction." Davis' attorneys argue that the 11th Circuit does, in fact, have jurisdiction.

Davis was sentenced to death for the 1989 shooting death of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail outside a Greyhound bus station.

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