Robbie Brown has this story in the NYT on the Supreme Court's stay of execution for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis. Yours truly is quoted near the end:
Kent Scheidegger, a death penalty expert at the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in California, called the Supreme Court’s intervention “not usual but not too rare either.”
“I’m not terribly surprised,” Mr. Scheidegger said. “This fellow has enough of a claim of innocence that many people say he’s innocent.”
The inherent problem with newspaper quotes is that quotee has absolutely no say on which of his statements on a case makes it into the paper. The reporter works the statement he chooses into the story, and the editor has the final call. In this instance, my criticism of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles for not giving an explanation of its review and conclusions, noted here, didn't make the cut. The Board was the right forum to evaluate this claim, and if it had issued a full explanation for its conclusion this stay might very well have been denied.
Update: "Federalist" asks in the comments if an explanation would open the door to judicial scrutiny of the clemency decision. I believe a majority of the present Court would endorse the position of the lead opinion in Ohio Adult Parole Authority v. Woodard, 523 U.S. 272 (1998) and shut down such challenges.