The Supreme Court refused today to decide whether executing an individual backed by a strong claim to innocence violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The rejection paves the way for the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, accused of murdering a Georgia policeman. The court stayed Davis’ execution 2 weeks ago after seven of nine witnesses against him recanted their testimonies; three others said one of the witnesses admitted to the murder.
Also today, Ohio inmate Richard Cooey was executed for the murder of two college students. His lawyers had said his “morbidly obese” state made capital punishment inhumane, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports; the court denied his final appeal this morning without comment.