The Georgia pardons board is set to consider the case of a death row inmate who has refused to file appeals that would likely delay his execution for years. The Board of Pardons and Paroles is meeting Monday to review the case of Nicholas Cody Tate.
The brother of a death row inmate convicted in the 2001 killing a woman and her 3-year-old daughter wants state and federal judges to allow him to pursue appeals on his brother's behalf. Nicholas Cody Tate is set to be executed Jan. 31 and he has refused to challenge his conviction and death sentence.
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP is asking state lawmakers to end capital punishment. NAACP state president Edward Dubose said at a rally Monday that execution is murder. State Sen. Vincent Fort has said he will file legislation to end capital punishment.
Some Georgia death row inmates could lose their attorneys amid budget cuts that could potentially halt appeals hearings and even delay executions. To make up for the gap, a nonprofit that is involved in 90 percent of death-row cases will ask lawmakers for more funding to avoid layoffs.
A federal appeals court has ruled that death penalty defendants in Georgia will have to prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to avoid execution, the most stringent legal standard in the nation. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Tuesday said it couldn't strike down the Georgia law because the U.S. Supreme Court empowered each state to create its own definition for the mentally disabled.
A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years. Georgia's top court will also consider a free-speech challenge to the state's law against assisted suicide brought by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself.
A defense attorney says Georgia prison officials have blocked inmate Troy Davis from taking a polygraph test before his scheduled execution. Attorney Stephen Marsh says the Georgia Department of Corrections turned down the request Wednesday morning. Davis is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.