On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a condemned Georgia inmate's request that his execution be delayed as he attempts to prove his "actual innocence." Without comment, the justice put aside two separate appeals from Troy Davis, probably setting the stage for the state to set another execution date. Davis, on death row for 19 years, has gained international support for his long-standing claim that he did not murder a Savannah police officer more than two decades ago. A number of key prosecution witnesses have either recanted or backed off their trial testimony. Other witnesses have come forward and said another man at the scene told them he was the actual killer. FULL STORY
The American journalist who won an Academy Award in 2010 for the screenplay of "The Hurt Locker" has written an extensive report in Rolling Stone this month about U.S. military atrocities in Afghanistan. "The Kill Team" details how rogue members of the Army's 3rd Platoon, 5th Stryker Brigade murdered at least four Afghan civilians and tried to cover up their deaths.
Last week, Cpl. Jeremy Morlock was sentenced to 24 years for his role in the killings. Others await military trial. Boal's war stories from his time as a military embed have twice become films. "The Man in the Bomb Suit" evolved into "The Hurt Locker." Another became the film "In the Valley of Elah." Now, Boal is reportedly set to produce, and possibly write, a film version of the Wikileaks story.
The greatest boxing commentator since Howard Cosell returned to the ring on Saturday. Former CNN Sports Illustrated anchor Nick Charles called play-by-play on HBO's "Boxing After Dark." The 64-year-old was brought on by HBO after Executive Producer Rick Bernstein read a stirring Sports Illustrated profile detailing Charles' struggle with terminal bladder cancer. Charles was reinvigorated preparing for the featherweight match between Mikey Garcia and Matt Remillard. Though he's suffering from immense pain, the ex-anchor seemed to thrive on air. "Why am I doing this tonight?" he asked at the start of the bout. "To inspire others to do what they love."