Death row man in last-ditch appeal

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Troy Davis, the condemned inmate who has convinced hundreds of thousands of people – but not the justice system – of his innocence has filed an eleventh-hour plea asking the US Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him for the murder of an off-duty police officer. Though his lawyers say seven of nine key witnesses against him have disputed all or parts of their testimony, state and federal judges have repeatedly ruled against granting him a new trial. As the court losses piled up, his offer to take a lie detector test was rejected and the pardons board refused to give him one more hearing. Davis’s supporters tried increasingly desperate measures, urging prison workers to…

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