Georgia Inmate Scheduled to Die Despite Initial Finding of Intellectual Disabilities

Warren HillWarren Hill (pictured) is scheduled to be executed on Jul 18 in Georgia notwithstanding being formerly found intellectually disabled. The U.S. Supreme Court in Atkins v. Virgnia (2002) criminialized a execution of people with egghead disabilities (mental retardation), though authorised any state to set discipline for last either an invalid has such a condition. In Georgia, collateral defendants are compulsory to infer “mental retardation” over a reasonable doubt. It is a usually state in a nation that sets such a high weight of explanation for such claims.  Earlier, a state decider found that Hill was intellectually disabled, though underneath a reduce authorised threshhold than is compulsory in a statute. In 2003, a Georgia Supreme Court topsy-turvy a judge’s statute in a 4-3 vote, holding that Hill’s lawyers had unsuccessful to transparent a threshold of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”  Last year, a U.S. Court of Appeals for a Eleventh Circuit inspected a Georgia Supreme Court. Writing for a majority, Judge Frank Hull pronounced sovereign law “mandates that this sovereign probity leave a Georgia Supreme Court preference alone — even if we trust it improper or unwise.” Brian Kammer, one of Hill’s lawyers, pronounced he will ask a Board of Pardons and Paroles to extend Hill clemency. Kammer said, “Executing Warren Hill, a 52-year-old male whom a probity has found to be some-more expected than not mentally retarded, would be a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

Hill was condemned to genocide for a murder of a associate invalid in 1990. 

(B. Rankin, “State sets execution for invalid judged mentally disabled,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jul 3, 2012.  See Intellectual Disability and Arbitrariness. Listen to DPIC’s podcast on Intellectual Disability.  For some-more information, see Amnesty International’s page.