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Troy Davis Execution Delayed - Then Carried OutSalem-News.com
The state of Georgia killed Troy Davis.
(ATLANTA) - The state of Georgia killed Troy Davis - we have a new story underway...
Officials have delayed the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia after intense public pressure. He was within five minutes of losing his life. It is only a temporary reprieve, but that does not necessarily diminish the impact.
Davis, charged and convicted for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer, he has maintained his innocence for 21 years. Supporters of Davis are widespread and watching the developments closely. A long list of public officials have been contacted and yet nothing seemed to be working, and the news of even a temporary reprieve, is taken as good news.
Three independent United Nations human rights experts even called on the United States Government to stop the execution of Troy Davis, amid concerns that he did not receive a fair trial.
The experts said, “Not only do we urgently appeal to the Government of the United States and the state of Georgia to find a way to stop the scheduled execution, but we believe that serious consideration should be given to commuting the sentence.”
Yesterday the Board of Pardons and Paroles in the state of Georgia declined clemency to Mr. Davis, 42, who is reportedly set to be executed by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. local time.
ABC News reports that Davis supporters erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Georgia. Georgia has an execution warrant for Mr. Davis tht is valid until Sept. 28.
The Georgia Resource Center, part of Davis' legal defense team, said it was unsure how long the delay would last. ABC repoted.
Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail, and had his execution stayed four times over the course of his 22 years on death row, but multiple legal appeals during that time failed to prove his innocence.
(From Wikipedia: The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities, with a supposedly "separate but equal" status for black Americans. In reality, this led to treatment and accommodations that were usually inferior to those provided for white Americans, systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. De jure mainly applied to the Southern United States. Northern segregation was generally de facto, from blacks predominately living in urban ghettos.
Some examples of Jim Crow laws are the segregation of public schools, public places and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The U.S. military was also segregated. These Jim Crow Laws were separate from the 1800–1866 Black Codes, which also restricted the civil rights and civil liberties of African Americans.)
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