Troy Davis and the quest for justice

Troy Davisoriginally published by: Harvard Law School
7th January 2010

On Wednesday, September 16, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice hosted an event to recognize the extraordinary death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis.

Charles Ogletree ’78, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, moderated a panel which brought to together Davis’; sister, Martina Correia, his amicus counsel Kathleen Behan, and Jason Ewart, an Arnold and Porter associate who represented Davis during his habeas corpus petition before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The story of Troy Anthony Davis’ case began on August 19, 1989 with the shooting death of police officer Mark MacPhail in a Savannah, Georgia Burger King. Two years later, Troy Anthony Davis was convicted and sentenced to death.

Davis has maintained his innocence since the day of his arrest, and has sought to introduce new evidence that would prove his innocence, appealing his habeas corpus petition through the entire U.S. legal system with the help of organizations like Amnesty International.

Despite a lack of physical evidence proving the case against Davis, State attorneys have urged federal judges to deny his petition and defer to the Georgia courts under the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

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