Georiga Plans to Execute Warren Hill Tonight, Despite Intellectual Disability

Tonight, at 7pm, Georgia plans on executing an intellectually disabled man.

In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that the execution of people with intellectual disabilities violates the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  Yet tonight, nearly a decade after this ruling, Georgia is planning to execute Warren Hill, a man with an IQ of 70 who has been found intellectually disabled by every doctor who has examined him.

On all legal and moral grounds, Warren Hill is ineligible for execution.  Unless the Supreme Court steps in to stay the execution, Warren Hill is scheduled to die tonight at 7pm.

 

Over the past few weeks, various pieces of legislation have changed the way states use the death penalty.  While Florida passed the Timely Justice Act to speed up executions, North Carolina repealed the Racial Justice Act which barred convictions that were based on race.  Today, Georgia could unjustly execute an intellectually disabled man.

Take action now with our partners at Amnesty International.  And for up to date information about tonight’s scheduled execution, follow #WarrenHill on Twitter.

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