UPDATE: (October 15, 2008) The execution has been ordered and will take place at 7:00 PM on October 27, 2008. The eyes of the world will be watching the United States on that sad day.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rejected an appeal from death-row inmate Troy Davis. The Court refuses to consider his case in spite of the fact that seven of nine key witnesses have recanted their testimony since the original trial. Five additional witnesses have said another man committed the crime.
As is customary, SCOTUS turned down the petition without comment. This appears to have been the final opportunity to save the life of this man whose guilt is very much in question.
The order clears the way for the State of Georgia to set a new execution date. The stay of execution expired automatically when SCOTUS refused to consider the case. It is likely that Georgia will proceed sooner rather than later. Today's sad news will be followed by even worse news in the near future. It will be a dark day for all Americans.
See September post about this case: http://ncmountainwoman.blogspot.com/2008/09/georgia-execution-scheduled.html