Tue., June 17, 2014 11:41pm
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.
Mon., June 16, 2014 4:26am
Marcus Wellons is set to be the first person executed with Georgia's new secret source of lethal injection drugs.
Wed., May 28, 2014 4:46am
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.
Thu., October 24, 2013 12:00pm
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.
Thu., October 24, 2013 5:26am
Georgia state lawmakers are taking a close look at a law that requires death penalty defendants to prove beyond a doubt they are mentally disabled to be spared execution on those grounds. A House committee plans to meet Thursday to hear input from interested groups and members of the public.
Mon., October 21, 2013 5:42am
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.
Mon., October 7, 2013 2:53pm
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.