Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicago Criminal Attorney Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court's Stay of Execution for Troy Davis

This Chicago Criminal Attorney has posted here and here on executions.  Still she's pleasantly surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a Stay of Execution (that doesn't mean that an execution won't occur later, but it isn't going to occur in a few hours for Troy Davis of Georgia).

September 21, Atlanta, GA:

Troy Davis' execution was delayed tonight as the Supreme Court weighed arguments by Davis' legal team and the state of Georgia over whether he deserves a stay.
At 7:05 p.m., five minutes after his scheduled death, Davis' supporters 
erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Ga., as supporters believed Davis had been saved from the death penalty. But Davis was granted only a temporary reprieve as the Supreme Court considers the decision.
The warrant for Davis' execution 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.

This is huge news.  Meanwhile, back in Texas, an avowed white supremacist is executed for the brutal death of James Byrd, Jr.

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