[Ppnews] Judge denies motion for reconsideration of evidence in Troy Davis case
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Thu Aug 12 19:11:34 EDT 2010
Judge denies motion for reconsideration of evidence in Troy Davis hearing
Stuart on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 3:54 PM
It's been about a month-and-a-half since
Davis' evidentiary hearing in Savannah, and the
human rights community has anxiously awaited
Judge William T. Moore's decision, one that could
ultimately save Davis from execution.
Besides reviewing the testimony presented at the
June 23 and 24 hearing, Moore has had to wade
through motions and briefs filed after the fact.
He ruled on one such motion today, saying that he
would not reconsider as Davis' counsel had
requested his decision to bar evidence
implicating a different man in the 1989 shooting
of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
Davis' counsel asked the Moore reverse a previous
decision and admit testimony given by Quiana
Glover, who has said Sylvester Coles, who was
also present on the night of the shooting, is MacPhail's actual killer.
In his ruling, Moore said that by requesting that
Glover's testimony be admitted, Davis' attorneys
were "perverting the purpose" of a rule that
basically says the court must consider all
evidence to avoid the "continued punishment of an
innocent man." He said that by failing to call
Coles as a witness, Davis' counsel would create
an "incomplete and deceptive" record when the
purpose of the rule is to make the record as complete as possible.
The ruling isn't great news for Davis' defense,
but sources say it didn't come as a huge
surprise. At the very least, it means Moore is
getting closer to issuing a final decision.
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