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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:59 PM

Supreme Court upholds Georgia convict's stay of execution

Source: CNN

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 30-day stay of execution for condemned Georgia murderer Warren Lee Hill, whose attorneys say he's mentally disabled.

Georgia had asked the justices to lift the stay, which was granted minutes before Hill had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night. A federal appeals court in Atlanta halted the execution to give lawyers a month for written arguments on whether Hill should be spared under the federal ban on executions of the mentally disabled.

Georgia law requires inmates to prove mental retardation "beyond a reasonable doubt" to avoid the death penalty -- the highest standard of any state. State prosecutors say Hill has repeatedly failed to meet that standard in years of appeals.

But three doctors who examined Hill for the state have reversed their conclusions and now say he should be spared, giving fresh ammunition to Hill's attorneys. That reversal "establishes consensus among every doctor who has evaluated Mr. Hill that he is mentally retarded," his lawyer, Brian Kammer, said Thursday.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/21/justice/georgia-execution/index.html

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:47 PM

1. Good

Georgia's requirement to prove mental retardation beyond a reasonable doubt is an idiotic attempt to get around the Federal law. Nobody can meet the standard because the standard itself is a movable goal set by the prosecutors.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:13 PM

2. The Guardian UK reports: Georgia rushes to carry out executions before lethal drug supply expires

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/georgia-executions-lethal-injection-drug-pentobarbital

The state of Georgia is scrambling for legal permission to proceed with two scheduled executions before its supply of the drug that would be used to kill the prisoners reaches its expiration date on 1 March.

Georgia has death warrants currently served on Warren Hill and Andrew Cook, convicted murderers who have been on death row since 1991 and 1995 respectively. Hill's death warrant runs until 26 February and Cook's until 28 February the final day before the state's stock of pentobarbital runs out.

The attorney general of Georgia the state's chief prosecutor is hurriedly trying to overturn stays of execution that have been imposed this week on the Hill and Cook executions. The courts intervened after it was found that pentobarbital was being ordered by the corrections department for use as a lethal injection without a prescription from a doctor a breach of federal rules over the distribution of a controlled substance.

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