Friday, October 24, 2008

25-Day Stay of Execution Granted for Troy Davis

Update on Troy Davis:

A federal appeals court gave a last-minute reprieve to Troy Davis by issuing a 25-day stay of execution. Troy Davis was set to be executed on Monday, October 27. Davis supporters, including former President Jimmy Carter and other prominent advocates have raised doubts about his guilt and are calling for a new trial due to seven of the nine witnesses have recanting their testimony, in addition to lack of physical evidence. The case was decided primarily on eye-witness testimony.

The panel ordered both sides to draft briefs to address whether Davis can be executed if he can prove his innocence.

“Upon our thorough review of the record, we conclude that Davis has met the burden for a stay of execution,” the court said in a ruling issued by Judges Joel Dubina, Rosemary Barket and Stanley Marcus.

2 comments:

Anonymous,  14:28  

I really didn't think they would give him a stay of execution. This really surprises me. That's sad.

J.E.D.,  15:25  

"The panel ordered both sides to draft briefs to address whether Davis can be executed if he can prove his innocence."

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