by: Huffington Post
published: 23 July 2012
Georgia may be about to execute a mentally disabled man in possible violation of the U.S. Constitution. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, the state of Georgia will execute a man that everyone agrees is mentally retarded. A state court determined that a decade ago. The execution would violate the U.S. Constitution if carried out, but apparently that standard is not good enough for the Peach State.
Warren Lee Hill, Jr., who has an I.Q. of 70, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 23. His original execution date of July 18 was postponed due to changes in the state’s execution drug protocol.
Georgia, which once used a three-drug cocktail, has opted for a single drug dosage of pentobarbital — a sedative used to put down dogs and cats that has been banned for export by the European Union.
On July 18, Texas used pentobarbital to execute Yokamon Hearn. According to his defense, Hearn was a mentally impaired man who suffered mental impairments due to his mother’s prenatal drinking and abuse from his parents.