US Supreme Court orders hearing for Troy Davis

Monday, Aug 17, 2009 12:12 PM
Last updated 1:36 PM
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court says condemned inmate Troy Davis should get another chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia executes him.

The high court today ordered a federal judge in Georgia to determine whether there is evidence that proves Davis did not kill a police officer in 1991.

Davis was condemned to death for that murder, but supporters have argued for a new trial after several witnesses took back their testimony. Davis' supporters include former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI.

Justice John Paul Stevens said that the risk of putting an innocent man to death "provides adequate justification" for an evidentiary hearing.

Defense lawyers had appealed to the Supreme Court after a federal court denied a new trial request in April.

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1bitemenow 08/17/09 - 02:48 pm
How many times is this case

How many times is this case going to the supreme court? This guy should have been toast years ago!

littleguy 08/17/09 - 11:29 pm
so predictable to see people

so predictable to see people get annoyed that an execution isn't fast enough or, god forbid, that the guy might be innocent and then we lose out on it altogether.

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