US appeals court halts Davis execution

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ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man accused of gunning down an off-duty police officer in 1989.

A three-judge panel from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for Troy Davis on Friday.

Davis' supporters have called for a new trial because seven of the nine key witnesses against him have recanted their testimony, and the doubts about his guilt have won him the support of former President Jimmy Carter and other prominent advocates.

The panel ordered both sides to draft briefs to address whether Davis can be executed if he can prove his innocence. At his 1991 trial, prosecutors said Davis wore a smirk on his face as he fired the gun.

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Chuchi
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Chuchi 10/24/08 - 02:00 pm
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To anyone who still has

To anyone who still has doubts about Troy Anthony Davis' guilt, I will once again (for the 10th time at least) direct you to click on ARCHIVE, Metro Section, then click on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, then click on the article re: "Al Sharpton prays with inmate facing execution this week". Scroll down the comments until you find where I typed up the 100% true story of how Mr. Davis and two accomplices, while being held in the Chatham County Detention Center, acted on an escape attempt they had planned and tried to murder 3 deputies who were guarding each of these dangerous inmates. When their plan was foiled they each confessed to plotting to murder the cops who were guarding them. Now, if you are opposed to the death penalty anyway, that's fine; you absolutely have the right to protest it. This is America, after all. But don't base your opposition to Mr. Davis' execution on the belief that he is innocent of Officer McPhail's murder. A man who is innocent of killing one cop does not plot to escape and "prove his innocence" by killing three more cops. Mr. Davis is guilty. Whether he dies soon or not is anyone's guess, but at least he can never kill another cop again.

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Chuchi 10/24/08 - 02:07 pm
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But if you don't believe me,

But if you don't believe me, by all means check it out. I doubt you'll find the story archived online in the Savannah papers because it happened around 1992. However, if you contact the Savannah Morning News/Evening Press office or WTOC News or the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, you will almost certainly get the information you need to verify this true story. I feel very sorry for the families of Mr. Davis and Officer McPhail. I can understand why Mr. Davis' family wants him alive; I know how I would feel if it were my son or brother. But Mr. Davis is guilty. He definitely did it. I just wish he would say to the McPhail family, "I'm sorry."

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