*In Savannah, Georgia, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that a death row inmate whose case attracted international support failed to prove his innocence after the U.S. Supreme Court gave him a rare chance to clear his name.
Troy Anthony Davis has spent nearly 20 years on Georgia’s death row for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer. Davis has long claimed new evidence would clear his name, if only a court would hear it.
The NAACP, Amnesty International and dignitaries such as former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI have rallied behind Davis.
A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Davis a federal hearing to put his innocence claim to the test – a chance afforded no other American in at least 50 years.
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