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U.S. support for death penalty hits 29-year low

Americans’ support for the death penalty has waned to a 39-year low, according to results of a Gallup poll released Thursday. The controversial topic of capital punishment has been in the news recently surrounding the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis. Davis was convicted of murdering off-duty Georgia police officer…

Troy Davis executed at Georgia prison after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Troy Anthony Davis, who was controversially convicted of the killing of an off-duty police officer, was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Georgia at 11:08pm ET after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal. “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a…

In memoriam: Troy Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to temporarily halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, giving Georgia officials clearance to carry out his death sentence. The court had no comment on the order, which it made about four hours after Davis’ attorneys had filed the motion.…

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…

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…

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