Good & Bad News

the Justice Department has dropped a series of allegations against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who’s said he was tortured in US custody. In May, military prosecutors accused British resident Binyam Mohammed of plotting to explode a radioactive “dirty bomb,” blow up apartment buildings here and release cyanide gas in nightclubs. But prosecutors now say they’re dropping the charges. Mohammed’s defense attorneys say the Justice Department is withdrawing the allegations to avoid having to turn over evidence Mohammed was abused. The lawyers say interrogators obtained Mohammed’s false confession through torture at a Morocco prison.

More: Andy Worthington & Reprieve.

But elsewhere-

The Georgia death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis has lost a Supreme Court appeal that could have spared his life. On Tuesday, the Court said it won’t hear Davis’s appeal of a death sentence for the 1989 killing of a police officer. The court gave Davis a last-minute reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution last month. Since the trial, seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony. There is no direct physical evidence tying Davis to the crime scene. And three witnesses claim another man later admitted to the killing. The court didn’t explain why it won’t hear Davis’s case.


Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed during the week of October 27 for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia. The Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal, despite a credible claim of innocence. 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence linked Davis to the crime. The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles denied clemency to Davis — we must urge them to reconsider their decision.

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