Georgia's first execution with its new secret source of lethal injection drugs went mostly as planned Tuesday night, despite concerns that it would be a repeat of a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.
In 2002 the court made it clear in a Virginia case that no state may execute the intellectually disabled. Tuesday’s ruling in a Florida case picks up where Atkins v. Virginia left off, making it a little clearer who counts as intellectually disabled.
Georgia’s uniquely high judicial standard for determining if a defendant is mentally retarded took center stage at a hearing Thursday at the state Capitol. The review comes as the state’s high court considers an appeal by death row inmate, Warren Lee Hill, whom lawyers say more than meets the standard but is nonetheless facing execution.