Davis Loses GA Death Appeal; Case May Return To Supreme Court


A Georgia federal judge has ruled against Troy Davis’ claims that he is innocent of the 1989 murder for which he’s been sentenced to death, reports the Fulton County Daily Report. The decision came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the request Davis’ supports had been making for years: ordering a judge to review what they say is evidence showing that Davis did not murder Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. issued a 172-page order concluding that “after careful consideration and an in-depth review of twenty years of evidence, the Court is left with the firm conviction that while the State’s case may not be ironclad, most reasonable jurors would again vote to convict Mr. Davis of Officer MacPhail’s murder. A federal court simply cannot interpose itself and set aside a jury verdict in this case absent a truly persuasive showing of innocence. To act contrarily would wreck complete havoc on the criminal justice system.” Amnesty International USA said it feared that Davis is back on track for lethal injection. Moore’s order suggested he thinks the case now goes directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, which sent the case to him last year.

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