The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whose persistent claims of innocence attracted the support of death penalty opponents around the world and forced a series of extra hearings to investigate his case, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
Davis was sentenced to die for the 1989 shooting death of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. He has avoided execution dates three times by persuading a new court to examine his case. In 2009, Davis persuaded the high court to take the unusual step of ordering a federal judge to reexamine Davis' case from top to bottom. The conclusion: “new evidence casts some additional, minimal doubt on his conviction, it is largely smoke and mirrors,” federal judge William Moore said.