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Maddow: Supreme Court stops two Texas executions in one week

With the impending execution of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis dominating headlines in the U.S., sadly few have noticed that not one, but two executions in Texas have been put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court in the last seven days. Discussing the politics of capital punishment in the…

Update: Final appeal for the life of Troy Davis is denied

Update 10:20 a.m. EST (below): Appeal denied There may be one last glimmer of hope for Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis. Attorneys said early Wednesday that they would file one more appeal, arguing that the ballistics testing in his case was flawed. The appeal is set to be filed with…

Georgia Dems call for prison strike to block execution of Troy Davis

With the final hope of clemency now lost, Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis faces execution tomorrow night – unless, of course, prison staff refuse to carry out his sentence. That’s precisely what State Senator Vincent Fort (D) and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) want to see. “I am calling for a…

Death-row inmate Troy Davis loses clemency appeal

Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis has lost his final appeal and will face the death sentence on Wednesday, human rights groups said Tuesday morning. Davis was convicted of murdering Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Since his conviction, seven of the nine people who testified against him have recanted…

DEA seizes execution drugs obtained on the black market by Georgia

ATLANTA (Reuters) – U.S. authorities seized Georgia’s supply of a drug used in executions on Tuesday because of concerns about how it was imported, a move praised by death penalty opponents. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took control of the state’s sodium thiopental, a sedative that attorneys for several death…

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