Lawyers for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis have filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court. Davis was sentenced to die for the 1989 killing of Savannah policeman Marc MacPhail. His case has fueled criticism of the US justice system.
Execution of Emmanuel Hammond will go forward. Defense attorney's say Georgia Department of Corrections bought lethal injection drugs from "back room" supplier. Corrections officials say drug works fine.
Georgia does not have enough defense lawyers to handle new death penalty cases according to the Public Defender Standards Council. It is requesting a special session of the legislature to address funding for the indigent defense system.
The first day of a federal hearing for death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis is wrapping up in Savannah. Davis’ legal team hopes to convince a judge their client did not kill Savannah Police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. They presented witnesses who identified Davis as the killer during the 1991 trial, but who told the judge today they were pressured to name Davis and in fact do not think he’s the killer.