Take Two for July 12, 2013

Mentally disabled killer to be executed unless Supreme Court intervenes

Execution Drug Georgia

RIC FELD

This Oct. 24, 2001 file photo shows the death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. The state of Georgia plans to use a compounding pharmacy to get the drug needed for an execution scheduled for next week. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman on Thursday, July 11, 2013 confirmed that the state will get pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy for the execution of Warren Lee Hill, which is set for Monday, July 15.

The state of Georgia plans to execute convicted murderer Warren Hill on Monda, despite the fact that medical experts agree he has an IQ of 70 and is mentally retarded. 

The only thing that can save Hill now is intervention by the Supreme Court.

More than a decade ago, the high Court ruled that mentally disabled people could not be executed. With more is Erwin Chemerinksy, founding dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, and an expert on constitutional law.

 


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