The state that was the first to pass a law prohibiting the execution of mentally disabled death row inmates is revisiting a requirement for defendants to prove the disability beyond a reasonable doubt — the strictest burden of proof in the nation. A state House committee is holding an out-of-session meeting Thursday to seek input from the public. Other states that impose the death penalty have a lower threshold for proving mental disability, and some don't set standards at all.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a Georgia death row inmate whose lawyers say he is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed. Warren Hill's lawyers asked the Supreme Court in May for a review after three doctors who initially said Hill was not mentally disabled changed their opinions.
Lawyers from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office were unable to file an appeal Friday after a Fulton County Judge granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill’s execution was scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan granted a stay of execution Thursday afternoon for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill’s attorneys asked the court to review a new state law that allows Georgia to keep secret the names of medical professionals and pharmacies involved in providing the state with pentobarbital, a lethal injection drug.
Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug. They’re seeking to delay Hill's execution set for Friday.
State officials have rescheduled the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Lee Hill for Friday. Hill was originally scheduled to be executed on Monday, but a Fulton County judge issued a temporary stay so she could consider a legal challenge filed by Hill's attorneys. Hill is challenging a new state law prohibiting the release of certain information related to Georgia's supply of lethal injection drugs.