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Troy Davis Executed

Troy Davis was put to death by injection in Georgia on Wednesday night despite many last-ditch attempts by his lawyers and supporters to stay the execution. His time of death was 11:08 p.m.

Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. for the 1989 killing of Mark MacPhail, but the proceeding was delayed more than three hours as the Justices pondered a plea filed by his attorneys after last-ditch appeals failed throughout the day.

Davis had been scheduled to die three times before, most recently in October 2008. That time, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution two hours before it was scheduled.

The case has drawn international attention, with Pope Benedict XVI, South African anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter saying the execution should be called off. Amnesty International and the NAACP have led efforts to exonerate Davis, and U.N. human rights officials joined those calls Wednesday.

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Troy Davis Death Penalty Case Captures World Attention

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked the Georgia parole board to offer Troy Davis clemency. Image via Wikipedia

On Monday, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will give Troy Davis his last chance to avoid death by lethal injection, scheduled for Wednesday.

Mr. Davis’s sister, Martina Correia, a former solder, has long argued that the police simply got the wrong man. A parade of witnesses have recanted since the original trial. New testimony suggests the prosecution’s main witness is the real killer.

The list of people asking the Georgia parole board to offer clemency includes the following: fifty-one members of Congress, leaders of the Southern Baptist Church, Amnesty International, former Congressman Bob Barr, Jimmy Carter, Cee Lo Green, the Indigo Girls, death penalty supporter and former F.B.I.   Sessions, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and hundreds of thousands of people who have signed online petitions.

On Friday, about 1,000 people marched to Ebenezer Baptist Church for a prayer vigil, one of hundreds of rallies around the world.

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Sixth Circuit Panel Upholds Health Care Law

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A three-judge panel from a federal court has affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have insurance coverage. The panel from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati, Ohio delivered a long opinion regarding the health care law. Judges appointed by Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush agreed that the provision is constitutional; an appointee by Ronald Reagan dissented.

A conservative law center challenged the provision as unconstitutional, saying that Congress overstepped its powers in adopting the health care bill.

More than thirty legal challenges have been filed over the health care law dubbed “Obamacare.”

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