The Supreme Court was asked to consider the case of a Georgia man scheduled to be executed tonight and halt his execution, but they have refused to issue a stay. The man, Warren Lee Hill, had requested clemency from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles based on his low IQ, claiming that he was the mental equivalent of a pre-teen child. The board refused, saying that the fact of his alleged disability had not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, as is required for them to put a stop to his execution.
Hill sought for the Supreme Court to overrule that decision, based on a case in Florida relating to the standard of disability established, claiming that the standard in Georgia was unconstitutional. Hill was sentenced to death for beating another inmate to death in 1990. He was already incarcerated for life after being convicted of killing his girlfriend. The decision has been made, however, and no stay will be issued. The execution will proceed as scheduled.
By Jim Malone
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