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Troy Davis Execution Symbolic Of Problems In North Carolina Legal System

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On September 21, 2011, Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted of murdering Mark MacPhail, a Savannah police officer, in 1989. The execution occurred though the Supreme Court previously issued a temporary stay of execution. After many requests for pardons and further hearings, the Court denied Davis' last request, thereby allowing the execution to proceed.

Davis' execution raises many questions concerning the effectiveness of the judicial system and capital punishment. Davis maintained his innocence throughout his execution. During the trial, the prosecution submitted testimony from eyewitnesses who claimed they saw Davis murder MacPhail. Davis, on the other hand, offered eyewitness testimony rebutting the Prosecution's witnesses. Davis also offered evidence that another individual confessed to the murder but was never investigated by the Police. Finally, Davis repeatedly maintained that he was never in possession of a weapon on the night in question.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice

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