Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:33 AM
DonViejo (5,925 posts)
Mentally disabled man granted last minute stay of execution
For the second time in two years, Warren Hill was within hours of the lethal injection when the courts intervened
BY NATASHA LENNARD
Warren Hill, a 53-year-old death row inmate with severe learning disabilities, was just 30 minutes away from receiving a lethal injection from the state of Georgia Tuesday evening when he learned of the stay of execution from the federal appeals court for the 11th circuit.
As Salon noted on Monday, all medical specialists who have examined Hill — a death row inmate of 16 years –have now concluded that he is unfit to face the death penalty. A 2002 supreme court ruling prohibits executions of “mentally retarded” prisoners as a breach of constitutional protections cruel and unusual punishment. Hill has nonetheless twice been within hours of scheduled death since 2011 before an appeals court has ordered a stay. Georgia is noted by experts as having a problematically high bar for proving mental unfitness for execution.
The Guardian noted how Hill’s case has prompted less public outrage than Georgia’s execution in 2011 of Troy Davis — a man put to death for murder despite the majority of witnesses in his trial recanting their original testimonies:
Hill had been scheduled to be executed at 7pm at the same prison where Troy Davis was put to death in September 2011 amid massive international outcry. Davis’s death, despite substantial evidence of his innocence, prompted dramatic scenes at the prison where hundreds of protesters were confronted by armed Swat police armed with a police helicopter flying overhead.
Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/20/mentally_disabled_man_granted_last_minute_stay_of_execution/
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:50 PM
Yo_Mama (4,823 posts)
1. There's real question as to whether he is mentally disabled under GA legal criteria
He served in the Navy and was promoted to a petty officer during his service. His IQ definitely was not deficient then. His mental functioning could have deteriorated since, I suppose.
In GA the legal standard, which is explained in the article, is "beyond a reasonable doubt". I suppose this goes back for another round. Nor do learning disabilities qualify - you actually have to be mentally retarded, i.e., have a low IQ.
Response to mountain grammy (Reply #3)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:07 PM
frylock (21,555 posts)
4. a few more words on capital punishment..
Afghanistan; China; Iran; Iraq; North Korea. just some of the other liberated nations that also use the death penalty. that's some wonderful company we keep there.
"Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."
Response to frylock (Reply #4)
Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:35 PM
mountain grammy (3,037 posts)
5. Agree. We hold ourselves up as a "good Christian" nation.. not true.
"I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth" Molly Ivins