[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

Posted by 
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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