The lessons of Georgia's unjust execution of a developmentally disabled murderer

Our justice system apparently cares more for the letter of the law than its spirit

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Warren Lee Hill was a developmentally disabled black man in Georgia. He indisputably killed a fellow prisoner while serving a life sentence for indisputably killing his girlfriend.

Regardless of the law or the facts, in other words, regardless of "evolving standards of decency," regardless of a Supreme Court prohibition against the execution of the mentally disabled, regardless of the uniformity of medical opinion supporting his cause, Warren Hill never had a chance.

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