Monday, July 16, 2007

Troy Davis Granted 90-Day Stay

Great news: Troy Davis was just granted a 90-day stay of his death sentence, averting his execution scheduled for tomorrow night. The Pardon and Parole Board reached their decision to stay the execution after less than an hour of deliberation. Hopefully a more sensible solution will be reached over the next months and Mr. Davis can, for the first time, exercise his right to a fair trial.

More coverage at MSNBC and the Washington Post.

UPDATE: Press Release from the Parole and Pardon Board is here, and the order granting the stay is here (PDF). The order states, among other things, that:

The members of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will not allow an execution to proceed in this State unless and until it is convinced that there is no doubt as to the guilt of the accused.

For the record, that makes the Georgia standard for execution a higher standard, even, then beyond a reasonable doubt.

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