Troy Davis is back on death row in Georgia. In 1991 he was sentenced to death for the murder of an off duty police officer in Savannah. Since day one he has insisted that he's innocent. Seven of nine witnesses in the case later recanted their testimony or changed their story. The Supreme Court granted a temporary stay, but last week denied his final appeal. The governor of Georgia, Sonny Purdue, is now the only person standing between Davis and his execution.
Over the years, a loud opposition has protested Davis' execution. They argue that with so many questions now raised about the case and the evidence; how can this be fair? While the prosecutor has been barred from speaking publicly while the appeals were pending, he can now talk openly about the details of the case. In today's Atlanta Journal Constitution he writes:
The trial was fair. Davis was represented by superbly skilled criminal defense lawyers. He was convicted by a fair jury (seven black and five white members). The post conviction stridency we've seen has been much about the death penalty and little about Davis. The jury found that Davis, after shooting another man earlier in the evening, murdered a police officer who came to the rescue of a homeless man Davis had beaten.
We'll talk with Spencer Lawton, the district attorney for Georgia's Eastern Judicial Circuit. And hear from a fellow lawyer with serious concerns about the level of doubt in this case. What do you think... Was this case fair?