Subject: [StandDown-L] Statement from Warren Hill's attorney on stay of execution
Fulton County Superior Court has temporarily stayed tonight's scheduled
execution of Warren Hill so that a briefing can take place on Mr. Hill's
complaint challenging the extreme secrecy surrounding the execution in light
of Georgia's new Lethal Injection Secrecy Act. That briefing is scheduled to
take place at 8 A.M. on Thursday, July 18th. A new execution date is
expected to be set for Thursday, July 18th at 7 p.m. EST.
Mr. Hill's habeas petition is pending with the U.S. Supreme Court. The
habeas petition (http://goo.gl/GKBcX) includes new information about the
unanimous finding of all doctors who have examined him that Mr. Hill is a
person with mental retardation.
The following is a statement from Brian Kammer, attorney for Warren Hill:
"We are relieved that the Superior Court of Fulton County has stayed the
execution of Warren Hill, a man with mental retardation who has an
undisputed I.Q. of 70. Today, the Court found that more time is needed to
explore Mr. Hill's complaint, which raises serious concerns about the
extreme secrecy surrounding the execution process in Georgia, and the new
Lethal Injection Secrecy Act, which took effect one day before Georgia
issued a death warrant for Mr. Hill. At this time, there is far too much we
do not know about how the state intends to proceed in this, the most extreme
act a government can take against a citizen.
Ultimately, we are hopeful that the United States Supreme Court will hear
Mr. Hill's pending Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, and will have the
opportunity to consider the important new evidence in this case, that there
is unanimous consensus among all the doctors who have examined Mr. Hill,
including three who previously testified for the state, that he is a person
with mental retardation, and thus ineligible for the death penalty."
-- Brian Kammer, attorney for Warren Hill | July 15, 2013
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