[Ppnews] Troy Davis Receives Stay of Execution! (for now)
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Tue Sep 23 18:33:48 EDT 2008
US Supreme Court delays execution of Ga. man
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:30:46 PM
By GREG BLUESTEIN
The U.S. Supreme Court has given a last-minute
reprieve to a Georgia man less than two hours
before he was to be executed for the 1989 slaying
of an off-duty police officer.
Supporters of 39-year-old Troy Davis have called
for a new trial as several witnesses have
recanted their testimony. Protesters had arrived
by the busload to protest the execution, carrying
signs with slogans like "Justice for Troy Davis"
and wearing blue T-shirts emblazoned with "I am Troy Davis."
The Rev. Al Sharpton had accompanied members of
Davis' family to the protest, including Davis' mother, Virginia.
Prosecutors have labeled the witness statements
"suspect," and courts had previously refused requests for a new trial.
The execution had been scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.
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