Fed. Appeals Court Stays Troy Davis Execution
Good news out of Georgia:
A federal appeals court gave a last-minute reprieve Friday to a Georgia man set to be executed for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer even though several witnesses have changed their accounts of the crime.
Troy Davis, 40, was scheduled to be executed Monday. But the three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered defense attorneys and prosecutors to draft briefs that address whether Davis can meet "stringent requirements" to pursue the next round of appeals.
Amnesty International has background and in a press release today (no link yet) says: [More...]
"Amnesty International is heartened to learn of today's stay of execution from the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Until this point, the compelling issues in this case have been virtually ignored, leaving Georgia vulnerable to the possibility of killing an innocent man. The Court must be commended for serving as the fail safe for justice."
Our coverage of Troy Davis is assembled here.
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