Target: Brian Kammer, Defense Attorney for Warren Hill, an intellectually disabled inmate.
Goal: Commend the successful defense resulting in a stay of execution for intellectually disabled inmate Warren Hill.
In 2002, the Supreme Court issued a ruling banning the execution of intellectually disabled criminals. Despite this ruling, the state of Georgia recently planned to execute Warren Hill, an inmate fitting the criteria for intellectual disability. Hill was already serving time for the murder of his girlfriend when convicted of murdering his cellmate in 1990. At that time, four mental health experts testified that Hill, whose I.Q. is 70, was “mildly retarded.” Three other mental health experts disagreed, and Hill was sentenced to death.
Now, these three experts have “recanted their testimony,” according to the New York Times. This means that a total of seven mental health experts now classify Warren Hill as mentally retarded. He is therefore ineligible for execution according to U.S. federal law. Other sources claimed that even the family of Hill’s victims did not support his execution. After a vigorous and thorough defense from his attorney, Brian Kammer, Hill was justly granted a stay of execution.
Mentally ill and intellectually disabled prisoners already receive less-than-adequate psychological and rehabilitative care. Sentencing mentally incapacitated prisoners to death does nothing to serve justice. Commend Warren Hill’s defense attorney, Brian Kammer, for successfully arguing for a stay of execution for Warren Hill.
Dear Mr. Brian Kammer,
In 2002, the United States outlawed the execution of intellectually disabled persons. However, dubious testimony from experts resulted in Warren Hill’s death sentence; Hill is an inmate who possesses an I.Q. score below 70. As you are doubtlessly aware, these experts have since recanted their testimony, and further testimony from medical professionals has revealed Hill’s intellectual capacity to be equal to that of a sixth grader. If a sixth grader were to commit a felony one crime, would the state of Georgia sentence them to death? The answer to this question is chillingly unclear.
Hill is guilty murdering both his girlfriend and his cellmate. These crimes are undoubtedly terrible, and certainly Hill deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. However, despite of the severity of his crimes, Hill’s exceptionally low I.Q. means that, by federal law, he is ineligible for the death penalty. We need to respect the rights of the mentally challenged, even if they are guilty of heinous crimes. By defending Hill, you’ve stood up for the rights of intellectually disabled prisoners. Thank you for supporting their rights by defending and successfully obtaining a stay of execution for Warren Hill.
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