Troy Davis: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments TODAY

At 1 p.m. today, the federal appeals court in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in the case of Troy Anthony Davis.  Davis’ conviction in the killing of a police officer in Savannah was based solely on eyewitness testimony, and since trial seven of the nine eye-witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony.  You can read more about the case here.

The three judge panel will decide whether Davis can continue to challenge his conviction.  That is, whether Davis has met the conditions required to file a second, or successive, habeas corpus petition continuing to ask for a hearing on evidence that he is innocent.

Also today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the case of Cone v. Bell, on whether death row prisoner Gary Cone is entitled to federal habeas review of his assertion that the state withheld material evidence of his drug use.

A decision in Cone could take some time, but the 11th Circuit is likely to rule quickly on Davis’ case, so stay tuned …

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35 thoughts on “Troy Davis: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments TODAY

  1. Troy, the heavens are listening loud and clear!!! I know we are on the cusp of a change of events for you. Your freedom is looming in the distance… Keep strong and follow your faith as you have been doing – God is listening! Your Justice League will continue to fight!!!

  2. Troy, the heavens are listening loud and clear!!! I know we are on the cusp of a change of events for you. Your freedom is looming in the distance… Keep strong and follow your faith as you have been doing – God is listening! Your Justice League will continue to fight!!!

  3. Ich bin sicher, die Gerechtigkeit wird siegen, auch in den USA.

    Frank

    I´m sure equitableness will win, even in the US

  4. Ich bin sicher, die Gerechtigkeit wird siegen, auch in den USA.

    Frank

    I´m sure equitableness will win, even in the US

  5. Thousands of German people are waiting for a positive decision of the 11th Circuit.
    Tousands sent appeals to the Governor, to the Court, to the Board at Georgia.
    We hope together with Troy Davis this obviously innocent man will leave the prison soon – as a free citizen…

  6. Thousands of German people are waiting for a positive decision of the 11th Circuit.
    Tousands sent appeals to the Governor, to the Court, to the Board at Georgia.
    We hope together with Troy Davis this obviously innocent man will leave the prison soon – as a free citizen…

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  8. I was brought up to believe in God/Jesus, but when I look at the world as a whole, the politicians and the people who tried Troy Davis and sending him to death; it makes me wonder… It seems to me the people appoint themselves as God/Jesus once we put them in power; and there is no God/Jesus in heaven can stop them! They determine how we live our lives and put and end to it! Seemed our lives are not our own from the time we are born!

    Stay strong!!!

  9. AS FOR WAR WEAPONS THE USA IS BAR -NONE , BUT FOR HER PEOPLE WERE ALWAYS LAST.

  10. I was brought up to believe in God/Jesus, but when I look at the world as a whole, the politicians and the people who tried Troy Davis and sending him to death; it makes me wonder… It seems to me the people appoint themselves as God/Jesus once we put them in power; and there is no God/Jesus in heaven can stop them! They determine how we live our lives and put and end to it! Seemed our lives are not our own from the time we are born!

    Stay strong!!!

  11. AS FOR WAR WEAPONS THE USA IS BAR -NONE , BUT FOR HER PEOPLE WERE ALWAYS LAST.

  12. I wish that people could truly understand the finality of the death penalty. There is no correcting a mistake if an innocent person is executed. No chance to say 'Sorry, we got it wrong.' Why is it then so hard for a legal system to want to err on the side of caution and listen to every piece of evidence that is presented and not execute anyone especially if there is any evidence that the wrong person has been sentenced.

    Executing Troy Davis will not give Officer McPhail justice, especially if he is innocent of the crime. I wish there was some way to make the authorities in Georgia really listen to what they are proposing to do on the basis of some shaky (at best) testimony and a desire to see someone pay for the murder of an officer even if the wrong person might pay that ultimate price

  13. I wish that people could truly understand the finality of the death penalty. There is no correcting a mistake if an innocent person is executed. No chance to say ‘Sorry, we got it wrong.’ Why is it then so hard for a legal system to want to err on the side of caution and listen to every piece of evidence that is presented and not execute anyone especially if there is any evidence that the wrong person has been sentenced.

    Executing Troy Davis will not give Officer McPhail justice, especially if he is innocent of the crime. I wish there was some way to make the authorities in Georgia really listen to what they are proposing to do on the basis of some shaky (at best) testimony and a desire to see someone pay for the murder of an officer even if the wrong person might pay that ultimate price

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  17. The USA Government is always defending and fighting about human rights in the US and other countries, and that is the reason why there is a war going on in Iraq and Afghanistan today. So the US Government and the state of Georgia’s Governors should be ashamed regarding Troy Davis. What about Troy Davis’ human rights?

    The President has closed Guantánamo Bay because of the violation of human rights. What about Troy Davis’ human rights?

  18. The USA Government is always defending and fighting about human rights in the US and other countries, and that is the reason why there is a war going on in Iraq and Afghanistan today. So the US Government and the state of Georgia’s Governors should be ashamed regarding Troy Davis. What about Troy Davis’ human rights?

    The President has closed Guantánamo Bay because of the violation of human rights. What about Troy Davis’ human rights?

  19. I think it is horrible that another man wearing a blue uniform has gone down. I think that whomever did this should face the consequences, but to convict an innocent bystander just because it is a cop and they feel they need someone behind bars for it. I really pray that whoever did this is caught and whoever is wrongly being accused gets set free just like all the other innocent people of the world deserve. I understand it was a police officer, but he too was a normal person and i feel that if he was alive today he would not want another normal person just like him wrongly accused, and KILLED! That means two people who deserve to live and be free will be dead, and this horrible situation will turn even worse.

  20. I think it is horrible that another man wearing a blue uniform has gone down. I think that whomever did this should face the consequences, but to convict an innocent bystander just because it is a cop and they feel they need someone behind bars for it. I really pray that whoever did this is caught and whoever is wrongly being accused gets set free just like all the other innocent people of the world deserve. I understand it was a police officer, but he too was a normal person and i feel that if he was alive today he would not want another normal person just like him wrongly accused, and KILLED! That means two people who deserve to live and be free will be dead, and this horrible situation will turn even worse.

  21. I've heard all of the evidence from both sides on TV and the news, and I believe that if the state of Georgia executes Troy Davis without a new trial, we as Americans have lost all common sense and resorted to murder by way of bureaucracy. It's no understatement to say that our national history is based on our ability to be more ethical with the treatment of our citizens by way of progressive constitutional rights governed by the common sense at the time. Now, more than ever, is a time for common sense. If the law doesn't fit,….then don't use it. If we kill an innocent man with a law because we refuse to obey our common sense, then we are effectively killing him ourselves.

  22. I’ve heard all of the evidence from both sides on TV and the news, and I believe that if the state of Georgia executes Troy Davis without a new trial, we as Americans have lost all common sense and resorted to murder by way of bureaucracy. It’s no understatement to say that our national history is based on our ability to be more ethical with the treatment of our citizens by way of progressive constitutional rights governed by the common sense at the time. Now, more than ever, is a time for common sense. If the law doesn’t fit,….then don’t use it. If we kill an innocent man with a law because we refuse to obey our common sense, then we are effectively killing him ourselves.

  23. WHAT ' S GOING ON ??? !!! ( The, GREAT, MARVIN GAYE ) What Is The State Of Georgia In The USA Doing ??? MR. TROY DAVIS , IS INNOCENT !!! HOW CAN THEY LEGALLY MURDER A INNOCENT MAN , MR. TROY DAVIS !!! Who Do These So – Called , Governors , Think They Are ? What The State Of Georgia , Is Doing Is : A CRIME !!! , A MURDER !!! ( This , Does , Not Apply To All ! , But The Ones It Does Apply To ! And You Know , Who You Are ! , : The Rape-ing ,
    Lie-ing , Murdering , Killing , White , Rich , White Mans Country , MUST END !!! ) I am A Poor , middle-aged white woman . I , hope the day comes , when WE ARE ALL JUST CALLED PEOPLE & THERE IS NO FLAGS !!! (IMAGINE !!! BY : The GREAT , JOHN LENNON , You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. I hope , someday, you , join us & The World Can Live As One !!! ) But my point is : & I'm from Baltimore , MD , & Sad to say , I've seen it !!! – It happens TO ALL OF THE POOR IN USA , The So-called , Good O'l , HA , US of A , But , MOST , PO-LICE , VIOLENCE , IS , DONE TO OUR YOUNG , AFRICAN AMERICAN , BLACK , YOUNG MEN !!! This is the Year , 2009 & It is still Happening , CRIMES AGAINST , OUR AFRICAN , AMERICAN , BLACK PEOPLE , It does not stop ! , The Crimes Are Always Being Done !!! A GREAT POEM , BY : THE GREAT , LANGSTON HUGHES ( 1902-1967 ) Thrid Degree , Hit me ! Jab me ! Make me say I did it. Blood on my sport shirt and my tan suede shoes. Faces like jack-o'-lanterns In gray slouch hats. Slug me ! Beat me ! Scream jumps out Like blowtorch. Three kicks between the legs That kill the kids I'd make tomorrow. Bars and floor skyrocket And burst like Roman candles. When you throw Cold water on me, I'll sign the Paper… – I AM SICKENED , ANGRY , SCARED , OF THESE CRIMES TO INNOCENT PEOPLE !!! IN OUR COUNTRY !!! Our , Beautiful , Proud , Brave, Talented, Smart, People, Being , Murdered ,

    , Wrongfully Blamed , And A Abused IN America !!! ENOUGH !!! Dear , MR. TROY DAVIS , YOU ARE A SAINT , A MARTYR , A WARRIOR , AND , A INNOCENT MAN !!! Dear , MR. TROY DAVIS , BLESS YOU , SIR , YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR LOVED ONES . Mr. Perdue, What , You , – Are Not Doing – Which is : You Are Not , Allowing Life , OR , Giving Freedom , To A INNOCENT MAN MR . TROY DAVIS , Is A CRIME And , YES IT IS A MURDER !!! How Can , You , Mr. Perdue , Live with Yourself !!! ??? – You Say , You BELIVE In THE LORD ! ? Then ,You Better , CHANGE, What Is HAPPENING , NOW !!! Or , Your Hands Will BE BLoody !!! & How , Could You , Look At The Man , In The Mirror !!! ??? ( said by: The GREAT, Michael Jackson ) Or Face Your Children , Family , The Church, Or Your Lord !!! Or People , Or LIFE !!! Sir, You Better , HELP !!! OR , YOU WILL GO TO HELL !!! BY : YOUR , LORD . FOR MURDER !!! DON'T GO TO HELL !!! HELP !!! WAKE – UP !!! THERE IS A INNOCENT MAN , ON DEATH ROW !!! ENOUGH !!! & If , There Is , Any Group , Who Wants To Break Down The PRISON WALLS , & FREE , MR. TROY DAVIS , ( As , The sad passing, of The Great Talent , Michael Jackson sang : , ) ALL, YOU , GOT TO DO , IS JUST, CALL MY NAME , AND , I'LL BE THERE !!! I'LL BE THERE !!! My Soul, My Heart, My Spirit, My MInd , IS IN Prayer , And Love,Respect,Care FOR MR. TROY DAVIS !!! and All The Good People !!! JUSTICE FOR TROY DAVIS !!! Prayer Is Strong, I Belive , IN Prayer. I PRAY FOR MR . TROY DAVIS !!! , I PRAY MR. TROY DAVIS , JUSTICE , FREEDOM , SO, SOON, HE WILL BE ABLE, TO BEGIN , HIS MISSION , TO HELP OTHERS !!!Sincerely, Mary Kreis , But My Friends , call me , ei PEACE & FREEDOM !!!

  24. WHAT ‘ S GOING ON ??? !!! ( The, GREAT, MARVIN GAYE ) What Is The State Of Georgia In The USA Doing ??? MR. TROY DAVIS , IS INNOCENT !!! HOW CAN THEY LEGALLY MURDER A INNOCENT MAN , MR. TROY DAVIS !!! Who Do These So – Called , Governors , Think They Are ? What The State Of Georgia , Is Doing Is : A CRIME !!! , A MURDER !!! ( This , Does , Not Apply To All ! , But The Ones It Does Apply To ! And You Know , Who You Are ! , : The Rape-ing ,
    Lie-ing , Murdering , Killing , White , Rich , White Mans Country , MUST END !!! ) I am A Poor , middle-aged white woman . I , hope the day comes , when WE ARE ALL JUST CALLED PEOPLE & THERE IS NO FLAGS !!! (IMAGINE !!! BY : The GREAT , JOHN LENNON , You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope , someday, you , join us & The World Can Live As One !!! ) But my point is : & I’m from Baltimore , MD , & Sad to say , I’ve seen it !!! – It happens TO ALL OF THE POOR IN USA , The So-called , Good O’l , HA , US of A , But , MOST , PO-LICE , VIOLENCE , IS , DONE TO OUR YOUNG , AFRICAN AMERICAN , BLACK , YOUNG MEN !!! This is the Year , 2009 & It is still Happening , CRIMES AGAINST , OUR AFRICAN , AMERICAN , BLACK PEOPLE , It does not stop ! , The Crimes Are Always Being Done !!! A GREAT POEM , BY : THE GREAT , LANGSTON HUGHES ( 1902-1967 ) Thrid Degree , Hit me ! Jab me ! Make me say I did it. Blood on my sport shirt and my tan suede shoes. Faces like jack-o’-lanterns In gray slouch hats. Slug me ! Beat me ! Scream jumps out Like blowtorch. Three kicks between the legs That kill the kids I’d make tomorrow. Bars and floor skyrocket And burst like Roman candles. When you throw Cold water on me, I’ll sign the Paper… – I AM SICKENED , ANGRY , SCARED , OF THESE CRIMES TO INNOCENT PEOPLE !!! IN OUR COUNTRY !!! Our , Beautiful , Proud , Brave, Talented, Smart, People, Being , Murdered ,

    , Wrongfully Blamed , And A Abused IN America !!! ENOUGH !!! Dear , MR. TROY DAVIS , YOU ARE A SAINT , A MARTYR , A WARRIOR , AND , A INNOCENT MAN !!! Dear , MR. TROY DAVIS , BLESS YOU , SIR , YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR LOVED ONES . Mr. Perdue, What , You , – Are Not Doing – Which is : You Are Not , Allowing Life , OR , Giving Freedom , To A INNOCENT MAN MR . TROY DAVIS , Is A CRIME And , YES IT IS A MURDER !!! How Can , You , Mr. Perdue , Live with Yourself !!! ??? – You Say , You BELIVE In THE LORD ! ? Then ,You Better , CHANGE, What Is HAPPENING , NOW !!! Or , Your Hands Will BE BLoody !!! & How , Could You , Look At The Man , In The Mirror !!! ??? ( said by: The GREAT, Michael Jackson ) Or Face Your Children , Family , The Church, Or Your Lord !!! Or People , Or LIFE !!! Sir, You Better , HELP !!! OR , YOU WILL GO TO HELL !!! BY : YOUR , LORD . FOR MURDER !!! DON’T GO TO HELL !!! HELP !!! WAKE – UP !!! THERE IS A INNOCENT MAN , ON DEATH ROW !!! ENOUGH !!! & If , There Is , Any Group , Who Wants To Break Down The PRISON WALLS , & FREE , MR. TROY DAVIS , ( As , The sad passing, of The Great Talent , Michael Jackson sang : , ) ALL, YOU , GOT TO DO , IS JUST, CALL MY NAME , AND , I’LL BE THERE !!! I’LL BE THERE !!! My Soul, My Heart, My Spirit, My MInd , IS IN Prayer , And Love,Respect,Care FOR MR. TROY DAVIS !!! and All The Good People !!! JUSTICE FOR TROY DAVIS !!! Prayer Is Strong, I Belive , IN Prayer. I PRAY FOR MR . TROY DAVIS !!! , I PRAY MR. TROY DAVIS , JUSTICE , FREEDOM , SO, SOON, HE WILL BE ABLE, TO BEGIN , HIS MISSION , TO HELP OTHERS !!!Sincerely, Mary Kreis , But My Friends , call me , ei PEACE & FREEDOM !!!

  25. I wont rush to judgment either way.

    I would like to know if he has a prior record (convictions).

    If so and it hasn't been published, that's bias. On the other hand if he has no prior convictions, that would be a big plus.

    Either way this info should be front and center!

  26. Well , ei sez ! Yhea, I'll answer, Steve. convictions, Stevie ! ? One can get a conviction for shop-lifting bubblegum as a kid ! Big Deal ! So What ! How, Righteous You Say , Your little ( try-ing, to be fair ) ? Rant !!! & How So Naive. Where You Grow Up , Steve ? The Burbs ? THE MAN , HAS NOTHING AGAINST HIM !!! NO PROOF !!! THIS IS ILLEGAL TREATMENT , BEING SENTENCED TO HIM !!! Past History- Ain't No Body's Business !!! & Doesn't Apply TO THIS CASE !!! You, HEAR ??? !!! . IF HE DOES OR DOES NOT , HAVE CONVICTIONS , SO WHAT !!! – HAS NOTHING , TO DO EITHER WAY !!! , BUT , – BEING A INNOCENT MAN LOCKED UP , – FOR YEARS !!! AND , EVERYDAY TRY-ING TO BE ALIVE !!! DOES MATTER !!! & WHAT , HAPPENED IN THIS CASE , – IS ILLEGAL & MUST STOP , – NOW !!! —–PRISON , – AIN'T A VERY NICE PLACE , Stevie !!! —DIG IT !!! —WAKE – UP !!! —SMELL THE STREETS IN AMERICA !!! — ENOUGH !!!

  27. I wont rush to judgment either way.

    I would like to know if he has a prior record (convictions).

    If so and it hasn’t been published, that’s bias. On the other hand if he has no prior convictions, that would be a big plus.

    Either way this info should be front and center!

  28. Well , ei sez ! Yhea, I’ll answer, Steve. convictions, Stevie ! ? One can get a conviction for shop-lifting bubblegum as a kid ! Big Deal ! So What ! How, Righteous You Say , Your little ( try-ing, to be fair ) ? Rant !!! & How So Naive. Where You Grow Up , Steve ? The Burbs ? THE MAN , HAS NOTHING AGAINST HIM !!! NO PROOF !!! THIS IS ILLEGAL TREATMENT , BEING SENTENCED TO HIM !!! Past History- Ain’t No Body’s Business !!! & Doesn’t Apply TO THIS CASE !!! You, HEAR ??? !!! . IF HE DOES OR DOES NOT , HAVE CONVICTIONS , SO WHAT !!! – HAS NOTHING , TO DO EITHER WAY !!! , BUT , – BEING A INNOCENT MAN LOCKED UP , – FOR YEARS !!! AND , EVERYDAY TRY-ING TO BE ALIVE !!! DOES MATTER !!! & WHAT , HAPPENED IN THIS CASE , – IS ILLEGAL & MUST STOP , – NOW !!! —–PRISON , – AIN’T A VERY NICE PLACE , Stevie !!! —DIG IT !!! —WAKE – UP !!! —SMELL THE STREETS IN AMERICA !!! — ENOUGH !!!

  29. OH, I FORGOT , steve , MY FRIENDS CALL ME , ei kreis . You, can call , I , ME , MYSELF , MS . MARY . ————- to you !!!

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  31. I wonder why has he spent almost 20 years of his life on death row, instead of being executed, if the powers that be are so sure of his guilt? Surely it's because in light of no sound witnesses and physical evidence that they are just the opposite in fact, unsure that he is guilty, in which case why hasn't his sentence been commuted to life or overturned?

  32. I wonder why has he spent almost 20 years of his life on death row, instead of being executed, if the powers that be are so sure of his guilt? Surely it’s because in light of no sound witnesses and physical evidence that they are just the opposite in fact, unsure that he is guilty, in which case why hasn’t his sentence been commuted to life or overturned?