Supreme Court Orders Evidenciary Hearing for Death Row Prisoner Troy Anthony Davis

On August 17, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a hearing on the innocence claim of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis. For years, courts have shown little interest in establishing Troy Davis' innocence, asserting that it was legally irrelevant as he had exhausted his appeals. But now Supreme Court justices have declared that "The substantial risk of putting an innocent man to death clearly provides an adequate justification for holding an evidentiary hearing."

In 1991 Davis was convicted for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. There is no physical evidence tying Davis to the crime scene and seven out of the nine non-police witnesses have since recanted or altered their initial testimonies. Others have implicated the prosecution"s key remaining witnesses as the actual perpetrator of the crime.

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Previous Coverage:

May09 Day of Action: Philadelphia, PA | Rochester, NY | San Francisco, CA | | | Nov08: Peoples Pressure granted Troy Davis Oral Argument before the 11th circuit of Appeals | | | Oct08: Troy Davis, Political Prisoner on Death Row | Troy Davis gets another stay of execution| Troy Davis and Bobby Woods Executions Stopped! Abolition Activists to March in Houston Sat, Oct 25 | Global Day of Action Planned to Stop Execution of Troy Davis | Two Victories for Advocates of Life | | | Sept08: Call to Stop the Sept 23 Execution of Troy Davis

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