The chorus of protests against the imprisonment of Troy Anthony Davis that have risen repeatedly over the past two decades received a crushing rebuttal September 6 when a Chatham County (Georgia) County Superior Court judge signed a warrant for the inmate’s execution. As it stands, Davis’s execution is now reportedly set to take place at 7 p.m., September 21, 2011.
The order to execute was issued despite a virtually non-stop hue and cry presented by such organizations as the NAACP, Amnesty International, and the European Parliament. It represents the fourth time Davis has been scheduled for execution. His battle to save his life began when he was convicted for the 1989 slaying of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
Since that time, the case has evolved into one of the most controversial, politically charged, and highly debated in recent history. A press advisory issued by the office of Sam Olens, Georgia state attorney general, noted that “Davis has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.” In bottom-line language, that means that Davis’s fate now rests, once again, in the hands of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. The board will hear his clemency plea on September 19.
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