Supreme Court rejects appeal from Georgia death row inmate
March 28th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Georgia death row inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a condemned Georgia inmate's request that  his execution be delayed as he attempts to prove his "actual innocence." The  justices without comment on Monday turned aside separate appeals from Troy Davis, likely setting the stage for the state to set another execution  date.

The death row prisoner has gained international support for his  long-standing claim he did not murder a Savannah police officer more than two  decades ago.

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  1. Brian Harley

    @Ron it wouldnt matter who was on the jury 9 lying wittnesses why wouldnt they convict give this man a new trial present dna evidence that connects him and a murder weapon then convict not on the words of 9 wittnesses looking out 4 themselves instead of the truth. everyone that says they renember the case says wittness testimony convicted him not actual evidence

    March 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. God

    Here Lucifer *whistles* got some kibbles and bits for ya! *whistles* Come here boy!

    March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pro Death

    After 20 yrs and a gazillion appeals, all at taxpayers expense, if they were going to find him innocent, dont you think they would have done so by now? Even with some of the witnesses recanting, the remaining testimonies must be credible enough to convict. Lets quit stalling, and wasting eben more money, and just execute him. WAIT! We can always ask the victim what he thinks. OH YEAH! The victim is DEAD. My bad.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pro Death

    I keep reading enough innocent people have already been executed. Id like all of you writing that to name just one. (besides Todd Willingham in Tx.) Wherw do you fools get your facts? you shouldnt state things as fact unless your 100% sure.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    Whenever its a n!gger being executed, people always scream racism. Why is that? Then they drag on the NAACP, jackson, Sharpton ect. What would everyone think if a white man being executed screamed racism? Who would he drag in? The KKK, The Aryan Brotherhood? Oh thats right. There are No white groups like that. The n!gger is guilty. Get a rope and hang 'em high and quit all that babbling nonsense already.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. dannykkk

    I think they should kill everyone that's in jail, no matter what crime they did, just erase them and forget about this ashols, its ridiculous to feed these blak motherfukkers for 20 years then kill em, do it the same day you catch them

    March 29, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. ScuzzLightyear

    I'm curious if Christians want to forgive crimes like murder or if they want an eye for an eye? Seems like the Bible has many contradictions in it, so no matter what your tendencies you will find an answer. Kind of like a choose your own adventure book for the soul.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jan curtis

    Christains may i remind you that Moses was a murderer David arranged a murder Paul facilitad the murder of stephen and lastly Jesus was executed though innocent shoud moses david and paul have been executed? its just not our call its God's

    March 30, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    Justice will finally be served to Mr. Davis. His life of avoiding responsibility has finally caught up with him. When will this guy ever become a man and admit the truth of his actions?

    April 1, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. doordr

    i read the wiki.the way i understand it, he had just shot someone in the face that was drunk and mouthy.then went for a casual drive with his friend cole.cole shot the officer and this man is willing to protect him with his life.if you wants to die,dont back out at the last minute, cuz your afraid.stand up, be a man, and follow thru with your convictions.he knew who did it all along and never said anything.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doordr

    the biggest reason they went for the death penalty is because it is said "if a officer of the law is killed while enforcing the law,it requires the death penalty".i believe the officer was off duty and never identified himself as being an officer.So it was assumed,by the perpetrators,they just axed a civilian. One to the heart,one to the head.This action will not catch cole.He needs to pay.They found shorts in troy davis house that would have cleared him and it was deemed unadmissable evidence.He was there,he saw the whole thing and hes going to be punished for another mans mistake.

    April 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • edizzle


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  12. ami0

    The argument is not about guilt or innocence. It's about the once widely acceptable call for creating bureaucratic convenience for the courts by reducing it's workload through a legislative solution (authored by Bob Dole and promoted with help from Newt Gingrich during the Bush years) that eliminated the previous guarantee of 'access to the courts'. In this case, through the laws interpretation, it eliminated access in fact.

    The legislation, "The Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996", eliminated previously existing appeals processes as a "Right". At the Supreme Court level this meant that cases that had otherwise been routinely referred back to State Courts for re-trial were no longer being treated thus.

    Today in this case, evidence that would have been presented to the State court in such, 'New Trial', will not be presented. There is no forum, no format, no means, no mechanism to introduce post-conviction evidence (underline evidence) such that it will affect the judgment in the case no matter what it is. Allow me to take this opportunity to say, thank you Justice Scalia once again for your strong support of philosophical ideals ... and I pray that you are someday able to discern between an American Citizen and a complete abstraction of same... and of course our hat's off to Bob too. Without him we wouldn't be having these kinds of conversations at all.

    Anyway, there is little doubt that the guy is innocent; the only witness against him just happens to be a suspect in the same crime.

    The key theme here is: denied at the supreme court level,...something that had formally been routinely done... to save money, or paper, or printer ink, or something..... Or just ask Bob, he knows.

    April 21, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • edizzle


      October 2, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
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