Georgia wants to execute Warren Hill

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.

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Babar Ahmad tells court he thought police officers would kill him

originally by: The Guardian
5th May 2011

A British Muslim has told a court how specialist police officers had beat him so badly in a dawn raid at his home that he had thought he was going to die. Southwark crown court heard from Babar Ahmad, 37, how he was the subject of a prolonged and vicious attack, starting in the bedroom of his home and continuing in a police van and at a London police station.

Ahmad was under surveillance, and the officers had been told he had been trained as a terrorist and fought in Bosnia, the court has been told.

Giving evidence on the second day of the trial of four officers who deny charges of assaulting Ahmad, he said that, after he had been repeatedly kicked and punched, one officer put him in a headlock in the back of the police van.

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Supreme Court declines case of Troy Davis

Save Troy Davisoriginally by: The Christian Science Monitor
published: 28th March 2011

The US Supreme Court on dismissed the appeal of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whose loud and persistent claims of innocence attracted the support of death penalty opponents around the world and forced a series of extra hearings to investigate his case. In the end, court after court rejected his pleas.

On Monday the high court, without comment, dismissed three appeals filed on Mr. Davis’s behalf. The action opens the way for Georgia authorities to set an execution date. Davis was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1989 shooting death of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail. He’s been on death row since 1991.

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