Thu., September 22, 2011 2:37am (EDT)

Death Penalty Opponents Move On
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

JACKSON, Ga.  —  
His supporters mourned but are now moving on.  The execution of Troy Davis was a galvanizing event in the campaign to abolish the death penalty.  (photo Georgia Department of Corrections)
His supporters mourned but are now moving on. The execution of Troy Davis was a galvanizing event in the campaign to abolish the death penalty. (photo Georgia Department of Corrections)
Death penalty opponents say, they hope Wednesday's execution of Troy Davis will be the catalyst for a renewed fight to end capital punishment in the US.

Davis' defenders tried to put the most positive spin on a failed 20-year attempt to overturn the Savannah man's conviction and sentence.

Amnesty International Director Larry Cox says, his group's effort to abolish the death penalty will start again this morning.

"We will begin to double, triple, quadruple our efforts to make sure that the day will come sooner when we never have to go through this again for anybody for any reason," Cox says.

Davis galvanized an international movement to end the death penalty.

Ultimately, his detractors say, that movement proved more successful in the court of public opinion than in the court of law.