Executions Scheduled for Jul 18 in Texas and Georgia Present Serious Mental Health Issues

Yokamon Hearn (pictured) is confronting execution in Texas on Jul 18 notwithstanding transparent justification of mind repairs given his early childhood. Hearn’s hearing attorneys unsuccessful to control an adequate examination into Hearn’s early history, that would have unclosed mitigating justification that he was neglected by his relatives and had a story of mental health problems. His mother’s alcoholism was so serious that she drank to a indicate of flitting out during her pregnancy with Mr. Hearn.  He has been diagnosed with a disabling condition famous as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Hearn’s stream attorneys pronounced there is a clever odds that one or some-more jurors would have reached a opposite sentencing end had they been presented this critical mitigating evidence.  Further interfering with an adequate examination of Hearn’s box is Texas’s insurgency to ask a new Supreme Court preference per unsound illustration during both hearing and appeal.

In Georgia, the State Board of Pardons and Parole denied Warren Hill’s ask to invert his genocide judgment on Jul 16. He, too, is scheduled to die on Jul 18. UPDATE: Execution date altered to Jul 23, as state changes to a single-drug execution protocol.  A new essay in The Atlantic remarkable a common thread in Hearn’s and Hill’s cases.  While in jail between a age of 28 and 33, Warren Hill tested during a category turn of approximately 6-7, and had an IQ within a operation of mental retardation. Mr. Hill’s attorneys described his childhood: “Mr. Hill has suffered from neurological spoil given birth, manifested in a disadvantage to seizures and in mental retardation. During his propagandize years, his teachers and associate students regarded him as a slowest tyro in class. Because there were no special preparation programs accessible in a segregated schools attended by Mr. Hill, his teachers opted for ‘social promotion,’ an spontaneous though then-common use of relocating students on to aloft grades in annoy of their inability to master age-appropriate work.”  Although a state decider concluded that Hill met a criteria for a diagnosis of mental retardation, a Georgia Supreme Court after pronounced Hill unsuccessful to infer his egghead incapacity “beyond a reasonable doubt.”  See Hill’s Motion for a Stay of Execution filed with a U.S. Supreme Court on Jul 16.

(A. Cohen, “A Day in a Life of a Death Penalty: Jul 18, 2012,” The Atlantic, Jul 11, 2012).  See Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness.  Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Intellectual Disability and on Mental Illness.