High court defers action on Davis

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — The U.S. Supreme Court has recessed for the summer without taking action on Georgia death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis' latest appeal, likely delaying any action on the convicted cop killer's case until the fall.

Davis, of Savannah, was convicted in 1991 for the slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Supporters say he deserves a new trial after several key trial witnesses recanted their testimony.

Davis' lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court after the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied his request for a new trial in April. The Supreme Court won't reconvene until September.

Davis' case has become a rallying point for death penalty opponents worldwide. His supporters include former President Carter, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI.

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bone
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bone 06/29/09 - 04:42 pm
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reading the prosecutor's

reading the prosecutor's statement after the appellate court ruling is very enlightening. i don't see how anyone could argue successfully that troy davis deserves another trial when all the details are presented.

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willistontownsc 06/29/09 - 05:15 pm
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The witnesses that recanted

The witnesses that recanted their story should be charged with perjury. And Troy Davis should be released from jail.

bone
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bone 06/29/09 - 05:33 pm
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why should troy davis be

why should troy davis be released? he has been found guilty of murder and two appellate rulings have acknowledged his trial was lawful and fair.

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aw8ngjustice 06/29/09 - 06:36 pm
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BONE, I hope no innocent

BONE, I hope no innocent person that you know, including yourself are ever wrongfully convicted of any crime. Unless and until, Troy Davis confesses to the murder, he should not be executed.

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