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Teach-in on Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty -November 10

posted Nov 6, 2015, 9:05 AM by GFADP staff   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 9:59 AM ]

As you know, Georgia is the only state in the U.S. that uses the highest standard of proof (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt) for a defendant to meet the legal standard of Intellectual Disability in death penalty cases. Because of this high standard of proof, Georgia continues to execute people with developmental disabilities, including Warren Lee Hill, who the State executed on January 27, 2015. Had Mr. Hill been convicted of the same crime in any other state, he would not have been eligible for the death penalty.

 

To address this unfairness, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty will be advocating for a bill during the 2016 legislative session that will change the “burden of proof” to the “preponderance of the evidence” in death penalty cases involving people with intellectual disabilities.

 

Please join us for a Teach-in on Intellectual Disability and the death penalty on Tuesday, November 10  from 7-9pm (doors will open at 6pm)

Location: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta: 2401 Lake Park Dr. SE Smyrna, GA 30080

 

To learn more about what you can do to current this wrong, please register here: https://secure.archatl.com/np/clients/archatl/event.jsp?event=3451&

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

-GFADP

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