September 23, 2011 Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.
September 23, 2011 Outrage over the huge meal ordered by white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer before his execution has brought an end to the practice. From now on, prisoners will be served what other inmates are getting.
Minister Lynn Hopkins, left, comforts her partner Carolyn Bond after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last minute plea of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis.
September 22, 2011 As protesters argued that the Georgia man's guilt was in doubt, the victim's loved ones found some closure. Troy Davis was executed for the killing of a police officer in 1989.
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