Troy Davis execution delayed while
Execution of death row inmate delayed temporarily as
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The execution of Troy Davis was delayed temporarily on Wednesday night as the US supreme court considered a last-minute appeal just as he was due to be put to death by lethal injection.
As the first news came in at the
But the jubilation was short-lived. Talk of a reprieve from the
Until the delay it seemed almost certain that
The White House declined to comment on the case, saying: "It is not appropriate for the president of the United States to weigh in on specific cases."
At the maximum security prison in Jackson where the execution was scheduled to take place, busloads of Troy Davis supporters from his home town of Savannah came in to register their anger and despair at what they all agree is the planned judicial killing of an innocent man.
Edward DuBose, a leader of the
The protest heard from Martina Correia,
She pointed out that the state's parole board had vowed in 2007 that no execution would take place if there was any doubt. "Every year there is more and more doubt yet still the state pushes for an execution," she said.
Correia, who has cancer, struggled to her feet in honour of her brother, just a few hours from his probable death. But she exhorted people not to give up.
"if you can get millions of people to stand up against this you can end the death penalty. We shouldn't have to live in a state that executes people when there's doubt."
DuBose gave an account of a 30-minute conversation he had with
DuBose said that whether the execution went ahead or not, the fight would continue. He said
Hundreds of people gathered outside the prison, many wearing T-shirts that said: "I am Troy Davis". The activist Al Sharpton said: "What is facing execution tonight is not just the body of Troy Davis, but the spirit of due justice in the state of
Larry Coz, the executive director of Amnesty in the
"We will not stop fighting until we live in a world where no state thinks it can kill innocent people."
After winning three delays since 2007,
Some witnesses who testified against
Parliamentarians and government ministers from the Council of Europe, the EU's human rights watchdog, had earlier called for
Renate Wohlwend of the council's parliamentary assembly said: "To carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake, which could lead to a tragic injustice".
State and federal courts have repeatedly upheld his conviction.
Prosecutors have no doubt they charged the right person, and MacPhail's family lobbied the pardons board Monday to reject
"He has had ample time to prove his innocence," said MacPhail's widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris. "And he is not innocent."
Spencer Lawton, the district attorney who secured
"What we have had is a manufactured appearance of doubt which has taken on the quality of legitimate doubt itself. And all of it is exquisitely unfair," said
"The good news is we live in a civilized society where questions like this are decided based on fact in open and transparent courts of law, and not on street corners."
They also asked
"We appreciate the outpouring of interest in this case; however, this matter is beyond our control," Chisolm said.
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