Despite Last Minute Pleas, Troy Davis Executed

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Georgia State Patrol trooper watches over demonstrators calling for Georgia state officials to halt the scheduled execution of Troy Davis in Jackson, Georgia, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. (ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

At 11:08 PM on Wednesday, Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection in a Georgia prison. Davis, who was convicted of murdering an off-duty police officer in 1989, maintained his innocence until the end. His case drew international attention after questions arose about his conviction, including 7 of 9 eyewitnesses recanting or changing their testimony. Prominent groups and leaders from across the political spectrum called upon the courts to review his case. The Supreme Court reviewed by denied a petition to stay his execution.

Jeffrey Rosen, law professor at George Washington University, legal affairs editor for The New Republic, and author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America," gives his legal analysis of the case.

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