Target: Chief Justice Roberts
Goal: Prevent the execution of Warren Lee Hill, a Georgia inmate found to be developmentally disabled by seven different mental health professionals
The execution of intellectually disabled persons is illegal and unconstitutional, but the state of Georgia plans to do so all the same. Warren Lee Hill, a resident of Georgia convicted of murder, is soon scheduled to be executed. Seven different mental health professionals have testified before the Eleventh Circuit Federal Appellate Court that Mr. Hill is gravely intellectually disabled. Those seven professionals included three who had previously testified that Hill was not to be intellectually disabled during his murder trial. Despite the overwhelming evidence that Hill’s death sentence was based on falsehoods, the Eleventh Circuit Court refused to overturn the challenge to the death sentence.
The Constitution of the United States forbids cruel and unusual punishement. Georgia, in 1988, became the first state to ban the execution of the mentally disabled, and in 2002, the Supreme Court held that the execution of intellectually disabled individuals is cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling, however, left leeway for the states to determine their own standards for who is intellectually disabled. Georgia is using that loophole to pursue Hill’s execution. Please urge the Supreme Court to prevent the unconstitutional execution of Warren Lee Hill!
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
I urge that you halt the execution of Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill, and that the Court determine the constitutionality of his execution. As per the Court’s ruling in Atkins, the execution of intellectually disabled (“mentally retarded”, in the wording of the Court’s decision) violates the Eighth Amendment’s guarantee against “cruel and unusual punishment”.
In this particular case, it is clear that the testimony relied upon was untrue. Seven mental health experts, including the three who initially testified that Mr. Hill was not intellectually disabled, have testified that he is developmentally disabled to a degree where his execution would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. The Eleventh Circuit Court’s failure to stop this execution was in error, and if left to stand, will result in a grave injustice.
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