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Monday, July 16, 2007

Georgia Man's Execution Date Remains Despite Recantations

From A Georgia man is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday for killing a police officer in 1989, even though the case against him has withered in recent years as most of the key witnesses at his trial have recanted and in some cases said they lied under pressure from police.

Prosecutors discount the significance of the recantations and argue that it is too late to present such evidence. But supporters of Troy Davis, 38, and some legal scholars say the case illustrates the dangers wrought by decades of Supreme Court decisions and new laws that have rendered the courts less likely to overturn a death sentence.

Three of four witnesses who testified at trial that Davis shot the officer have signed statements contradicting their identification of the gunman. Two other witnesses -- a fellow inmate and a neighborhood acquaintance who told police that Davis had confessed to the shooting -- have said they made it up.

Other witnesses point the finger not at Davis but at another man. Yet none has testified during his appeals because federal courts barred their testimony.

"It's getting scary," Davis said by phone last week. "They don't want to hear the new facts."

The circumstances of the case have provoked criticism beyond the usual groups that oppose the death penalty. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Actually, yesterday he was granted a 90 day stay of execution after a short one hour deliberation by Georgia's State Board of Pardens and Paroles. See the following link:,8599,1643971,00.html

Posted by: Kim G | Jul 17, 2007 5:17:26 AM

I apologize if this is a duplicate entry, but my previous attempt appeared unsuccessful. The article referenced here is incorrect. A stay of execution was granted. See the following link:,8599,1643971,00.html

Posted by: Kim Gonzalez | Jul 17, 2007 5:18:42 AM

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