Justiceline: February 19, 2013

Warren Lee Hill

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  • Warren Lee Hill, the Georgia death row inmate deemed intellectually disabled, will be executed at 7 p.m. tonight unless the U.S. Supreme Court or the state’s pardons board intervenes. Since Georgia’s highest court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on executing the mentally “retarded” did not bar capital punishment for Hill, several more doctors have submitted affidavits that Hill does fit the disability definition, and another new petition has been filed with the state’s pardons board.
  • The man convicted of plotting to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993 is challenging his indefinite solitary confinement in a “supermax” prison.
  • Two fifth graders in Washington State were arrested for plotting to kill several other classmates because they were “annoying.”
  • The New York Times documents how the societal costs of mass incarceration outweigh its benefits.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle profiles a man who went from spending six years in juvenile detention to becoming a juvenile justice lawyer.