A Fulton County judge has temporarily stayed a scheduled execution Monday after the inmate's attorneys raised questions about a law prohibiting the release of information involving Georgia's execution drug supply.
A state court judge has declined to reconsider the case of a Georgia death row inmate set for execution this week. Judge Thomas Wilson on Monday declined to consider a request for habeas relief for Warren Lee Hill, who's to be executed Tuesday.
A state court has declined to halt the execution of a Georgia death row inmate set to die Monday. A Butts County Superior Court judge Thursday denied requests filed by Warren Lee Hill's lawyer. Lawyer Brian Kammer argued Hill is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed.
Georgia was the first state in the country to prohibit the execution of mentally disabled death row inmates, but the state also has the toughest-in-the-nation standard for those who try to use this justification to avoid execution.
A growing number of Georgians with mental illness or developmental disabilities are at risk of being cut off from a state program. Advocates for disabled people said many people risk being eliminated from the program known as SOURCE — Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment — under new guidelines.
A federal appeals court has ruled that death penalty defendants in Georgia will have to prove they are mentally disabled beyond a reasonable doubt to avoid execution, the most stringent legal standard in the nation. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Tuesday said it couldn't strike down the Georgia law because the U.S. Supreme Court empowered each state to create its own definition for the mentally disabled.