One long standing death row issue has been a lack of access to the thoughts of the five member Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole when they consider death row clemency. A bill that began this year in the Georgia House would address that.
Botched executions across the country have people talking about the death penalty again. While that trend hasn’t touched Georgia, another rare occurrence occurred on the state’s Death Row. Tommy Lee Waldrip’s clemency in July was only the ninth in Georgia since the resumption of executions in the 1970s.
So, how does an inmate escape execution in Georgia?
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.
The Georgia Court of Appeals has temporarily halted Thursday's execution of death row inmate Andrew Cook. Cook is one of two Georgia inmates scheduled for execution this week. Warren Lee Hill's execution was put on hold Tuesday, less than an hour before he was to die by lethal injection.
A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man who killed a fellow inmate in 1990. Defense attorney Brian Kammer said that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill, who had been set to die Tuesday. Kammer said in an email that he was greatly relieved by the ruling.