Will the Davis Execution Fuel Opposition to the Death Penalty?


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“Let’s take one more moment to digest the execution last night of Troy Davis.

The level of interest that the case generated was striking — political figures, celebrities, and anti-death penalty opponents worldwide rallied to Davis’s defense, pleading in recent days for Georgia to spare his life.

The question now is whether the debate over the Davis execution will fuel a broader debate about the merits of the death penalty?

Before we address that, let us briefly recap that Davis was convicted for killing police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989. The conviction rested largely on eyewitness testimony, and many of the witnesses later recanted or altered their testimony.

Davis vigorously maintained his innocence up until the time he was executed.

The jury in Davis’s murder trial was aware that some of the eyewitness accounts of the murder were shaky, as noted in this detailed AP account of the case. And many, many judges reviewed the case but declined to overturn the conviction.

The level of interest in the case seems to owe in part to the skill of Davis’s advocates in galvanizing broad based support.  Change.org, which bills itself as a platform for social change, released a statement yesterday noting that it had helped launch petition drives that had gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures from Davis supporters.

Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said anti-death penalty groups were amazed at the public reaction to the case. “This case went viral,” Cox said last night, speaking to reporters in Jackson, Georgia, which houses the prison where Davis was executed with a three-drug cocktail. “It took off globally,” Cox said. “He’s now a household name.””

Wall Street Journal Law Blog has the full story.

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Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw


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