News 10.07.08

Supreme Court quiet so far on Troy Davis case

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will meet on Friday to discuss the fate of Troy Davis, who has been on Georgia’s death row since 1989 for a murder he says he didn’t commit. Although some observers had expected the justices to discuss the case yesterday, they issued orders in other cases and stayed mum on the Davis case. The court is considering whether Davis deserves a hearing based on new evidence of his innocence, or if Georgia can execute him. The Supreme Court issued a stay just two hours before Davis’ scheduled execution on Sept. 23.

“It’s obviously a very important case and the justices are still considering it,” Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor, said. “Maybe the justices are split about it and want more time to consider it.”


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