Death penalty opponents regroup after Davis' death

By GREG BLUESTEIN | September 23, 2011 | 3:25 AM EDT

Anti-death penalty supporters comfort each other after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last minute plea of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis In Jackson, Ga., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for killing off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail. (AP/Photo Stephen Morton)

ATLANTA (AP) — Capital punishment critics are regrouping after the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis, trying to figure out the best way to harness the anti-death penalty sentiment the case created.

Helen Butler, executive director of the Atlanta-based Coalition For The Peoples' Agenda, was among a group of about two dozen death penalty opponents who met Thursday night in Atlanta to discuss how they could abolish capital punishment in Georgia. They are a small piece of the hundreds of thousands of people the Davis case attracted, from well-known supporters like the pope and former president Jimmy Carter to those less politically active.

Laura Moye of Amnesty International says she expects the Davis execution to be used to rally repeal movements across the country.