September 21, 2011, 2:45 PM — Making very clear it can pay at least partial attention to more than one protest at a time (having more than one head does that), hactivist group Anonymous is trying to launch a phone-based DDOS attack on the Supreme Court.
In an attempt to derail at the last moment the execution of Georgia death-row inmate Tory Davis, Anonymous (via @YourAnonNews) began calling for those opposed to the execution to call the phone bank at the U.S. Supreme Court, which once ordered a Georgia court to more closely examine the possibility of Davis' innocence, but has not heard an appeal.
The failure of appeals for Davis – convicted of the 1989 murder of a Savannah, Ga. Police officer, though defenders claim he had merely tried to stop a fight near the Burger King parking lot in which he worked as a security guard – set off protests in Atlanta after Georgia's parole board confirmed an earlier refusal of clemency.
Davis' attorneys tried to present "evidence previously unavailable" that they said, shows his conviction was based on "misleading and materially inaccurate evidence."
Davis was convicted based on the testimony of fellow inmates that he'd confessed to the murder and ballistic evidence linking him to the murder weapon.
Several of those witnesses have changed their stories, some of the ballistic evidence had been discredited, as had the testimony of a woman who said she was an eyewitness, weakening the evidence for his conviction, according to anti-death-penalty groups, including Amnesty International, which claims "the case against him has fallen apart."
Davis' lawyers are in court today in Georgia's Butts County for a final appeal. If they're refused there may be time to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Time is running out, however; Davis is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. tonight.
It's not clear what YourAnonNews hopes to accomplish by phone-DOSsing the Supreme court, other than to annoy the justices.