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Dead Man Waiting

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"Yet Troy remains prayerful, faithful and humbled by all the show of human kindness," says [Martina Correa]. Our prayer is that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule in Troy's favor and that no matter what happens, activists from around the world will stay focused on the bigger picture and that is the abolition of the death penalty"As of Oct. 31, Georgia was one of seven states to carry out executions in 2008. All but one of the 30 U.S. executions to date were in the South- 14 in Texas, four in Virginia, three in Georgia, two in South Carolina, two in Mississippi, two in Oklahoma, two in Florida and one in Ohio. At the same time, this fall, courts have granted stays of execution in at least a dozen cases-including [Davis]'.Between September 2007 and April 2008, a national de facto moratorium was in place while the Supreme Court considered whether Kentucky's lethal injection protocol violated the Eighth Amendment in Baze v. Rees. After the high court's April 2008 decision that it did not, executions have since resumed and have taken place at a rate of at least one per week.

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