Although the US Supreme Court has granted two (2) stays of execution this week, it denied the 11th hour request of Troy Davis in Georgia. The last minute request for a stay of execution delayed the execution for four (4) hours while the Court reviewed the Petition. Ultimately however, the Supreme Court denied the stay and Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection at 11:08 p.m. EDT reports Reuters
The Davis death penalty case has been full of controversy NPR reports that “The U.S. Supreme Court even granted Davis a hearing to prove his innocence, the first time it had done so for a death row inmate in at least 50 years. The high court set up a hearing, but Davis couldn’t convince a lower federal judge to grant him a new trial. The Supreme Court did not review his case. Federal appeals courts and the Georgia Supreme Court have upheld his conviction, leaving the parole board as his last chance.”
Apparently several of the witnesses who testified against Davis have since recanted or changed their stories. This once again brings into doubt the efficacy of the death penalty. Why the Supreme Court ultimately denied the stay is yet to be clear.
[important]A question arises here, is it just Texas death penalty cases that are under fire? Or is the Supreme Court’s stays of execution in the two Texas cases isolated to those particular cases. [/important]
Of course just because the Supreme Court has three times halted the execution of Cleve Foster, there is no guarantee that his appeal will be successful. Adam Gershowitz, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, told the Las Vegas Sun that “while it is unusual for an inmate to get three reprieves within nine months, the latest delay is probably less about Foster’s case and more about first resolving the two other cases already pending before the high court.”