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Prominent Death Penalty Case of Troy Davis Topic of November 10 Program

October 19, 2009 – 
On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will present a program on the Troy Davis case, the death-row inmate who will receive a new evidentiary hearing in federal district court as a result of this summer’s remand order by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Georgia inmate was convicted in 1991 solely on witness testimony and with no physical evidence of killing an off-duty police officer. Seven of the nine witnesses against Davis have recanted or contradicted their testimony, and several people have implicated the prosecution’s main witness as the actual killer of the officer.

Until the Supreme Court action on August 17, the courts have denied Davis the right to present the new evidence because of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which limits death penalty appeals. The Supreme Court ruling, signed by only three justices, raises important questions about the judicial process and capital punishment.

The program is sponsored by the law school’s Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program and Human Rights Forum. Co-sponsors include Amnesty International, the Association of Black Law Students, Association of Latin-American Law Students, Asian/Pacific-American Law Students Association, the Criminal Law Society, and the International Law Society.

What:  “The Troy Davis Case: An Argument Against Executing the Innocent” 
Who:  Dean John J. Farmer, Jr., on the procedural hurdles of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the possible legal implications of the Troy Davis case.
State Senator Raymond Lesniak, 20th Legislative District
Martina Correia, Troy Davis’s sister
Lawrence Hayes, former New York death row inmate and member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Estina Baker, President of the Bergen County NAACP
When:  6 pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 
Where:  Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark