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BREAKING: Judge Stays Execution Of Intellectually Disabled Man In Georgia

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Rose Scott, a reporter with Atlanta, Georgia’s NPR affiliate reports that “Judge Gail Tusan in Fulton Superior Court has imposed a short stay of execution until Thursday, July 18th for Warren Lee Hill.” Although all seven mental health professionals who evaluated Hill concluded that he is intellectually disabled, and thus cannot lawfully be executed under a Supreme Court decision holding that “death is not a suitable punishment for a mentally retarded criminal,” Georgia has thus far managed to evade this constitutional ban on executing people like Hill due to a series of legal loopholes. The specific grounds for Judge Tusan’s order staying the execution are not yet clear.

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The stay was granted while the court considers the validity of a law that “purposely shields from judicial review the manner by which the drugs to be used in his execution were manufactured and obtained.” Judge Tusan’s order does not involve the question of whether Hill can be executed despite his mental disability.

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