11:08 pm: Time of death for Troy Anthony Davis, 42.
10:43 pm: The Supreme Court issued a one-sentence statement denying Troy Davis’s stay of execution. It read, “The application for stay of execution of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied.”
Earlier today, Troy Davis issued this statement:
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath. Georgia is prepared to snuff out the life of an innocent man.”
10:21 pm: Democracy Now! is reporting that the Supreme Court has refused to stay the execution of Troy Davis. They also report that there were no dissents on this decision.
There is silence and great sadness outside of the prison where Davis is set to be killed for a crime witnesses now say he did not commit. There is great sadness across the world.
10:12 pm: Liliana Segura wrote about Georgia’s cruel and unusual use of sodium thiopental to kill Emmanuel Hammond in January of this year. Hammond received a brief reprieve from Justice Thomas, just like Troy Davis has tonight. Nonetheless, he was executed four hours and thirty-nine minutes after his scheduled 7 pm execution. Her article is a must-read now.
In July on her blog, Segura wrote about why Georgia videotaped the execution of Andrew DeYoung, the last person executed by the state of Georgia and the first person whose execution was captured on videotape since a gas chamber killing in California in 1992. Georgia switched to using pentobarbitol with DeYoung, and the video was intended to determine if there was evidence of "pain and suffering." Pentobarbitol is one of the drugs that would be used to execute Troy Davis.
9:35 pm: As we wait for more news on what’s happening inside the Supreme Court, here’s the last report on what we know about Justice John Roberts from Nation web editor Emily Douglas:
In confirmation hearings, Chief Justice Roberts suggested that capital cases require utmost scrutiny, and that any new DNA evidence that emerges requires close attention. “No one wants an innocent person executed, period. And the availability of that type of evidence, that opportunity in some cases I think is something that’s a very significant development in the law,” he told Senator Dick Durbin. (There is no physical evidence tying Troy Davis to the murder of Mark MacPhail.) However, as chief justice, Roberts wrote in an opinion upholding lethal injection as constitutional. During Roberts’s years as chief justice, writes Kenneth Haas in the Pierce Law Review, the Court “has loosened the standards for evaluating the competence of capital defense attorneys, strengthened the hands of capital prosecutors, and upheld strict and constitutionally vulnerable statutory and procedural roadblocks to the appellate review of capital sentences.”