Friday, July 19, 2013

Georgia Judge Finds State's Lethal Injection Secrecy Law Unconstitutional [feedly]


 
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Georgia Judge Finds State's Lethal Injection Secrecy Law Unconstitutional

On July 18, a Georgia Superior Court judge ruled that the state's new law shielding the source of lethal injection drugs interfered with Warren Hill's right to challenge his method of execution and is therefore unconstitutional. According to the law, information pertaining to drugs used in executions is classified as "confidential state secrets" and cannot be disclosed. Judge Gail S. Tusan (pictured), however, held that explicitly exempts from judicial review the very information that would be necessary for a court to determine the constitutionality of an inmate's execution." The court extended the stay of execution for Hill, who also has a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding his mental retardation.

The state is likely to appeal Judge Tusan's order to the Georgia Supreme Court. Hill's death warrant expires on July 20.

(DPIC posted, July 19, 2013; read full text of Judge's order here). See Lethal Injection.



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