There’s lots of news happening today with executions in the U.S. This morning, the Georgia Board of Parole and Pardons denied clemency to Troy Davis, whose case has caused a litany of legal experts to protest that the case against him is far too thin to support the death penalty. The case against Davis is based entirely on eyewitness testimony and seven of those nine witnesses have either recanted or changed their testimonies. Several jurors from the original trial have begged for clemency and close to a million signatures have been filed on petitions to spare his life. However, there are now few options left for Davis and he is set to be executed tomorrow by lethal injection.
The campaign to save Troy Davis has been one of the most successful and widespread death penalty campaigns in recent history, with hundreds of people organizing marches and protests nationwide. Supporters have used social media to spread awareness and organize incredible amounts of people throughout both Georgia and the U.S. Many were shocked to hear that Davis was denied clemency, after such a visible campaign.
In other execution news today, an execution in Texas was halted by the Supreme Court, only 2 and a half hours before the inmate, Cleve Foster, could have been taken to the death chamber. This story just broke so details are slowly coming in, but I do know that Foster, a former Army recruiter, was one of two men convicted and sentenced to death for fatally shooting a woman he met in a bar in Fort Worth. Foster’s roommate was convicted of shooting the woman, but prosecutors said Foster aided in the crime and both were sentenced to death. This is the 3rd time Foster’s execution has been stayed, although details aren’t yet available about why the Court granted the latest stay. Foster continues to assert his innocence.
Details will be updated here as they become available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/20/cleve-foster-suprme-court-texas-execution_n_972376.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003