Death Row case embodies systemic flaws, critics say

23Jun09

Since his conviction on Aug. 21, 1991, Troy Davis has been engaged in an exhaustive legal battle for his exoneration and release from death row. His efforts have garnered international support from organizations and figureheads such as Amnesty International, the European parliament, Desmond Tutu, and Pope Benedict XVI.

Within the United States, members of Congress and legal scholars have offered their services and influence to his case as well. However, as Davis’s most recent petition for a writ of habeas corpus was denied by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals last month, it appears that time may be running out.

Following the court’s decision in May, Davis filed an original petition for habeas corpus with the U.S. Supreme Court. The petition asks that his case be re-opened due to the unprecedented amount of new evidence.

It’s the last option that Davis’s legal team, led by attorney Jason Ewart, has left.

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