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Warren Hill

posted Jan 28, 2015, 11:44 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah

Friends,

 

Last night, the State of Georgia executed Warren Hill, a 55 year old man with intellectual disability.

 

Warren was executed because Georgia requires a defendant to prove intellectual disability “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the heaviest burden of proof in the law and Georgia is the only state that requires it.

 

It is absolutely horrifying and unconscionable that Georgia proceeded with this execution despite public outcry. Georgia’s legal system is once again bringing shame and embarrassment to our state, this time by failing to protect those who are most vulnerable. We continue to set the bar for the most inhumane and unjust practices in the country.

 

We are incredibly grateful to the disability justice community for being such a powerful voice and unwavering in their opposition to Warren’s shameful execution, in particular; The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Arc of Georgia, The Arc National, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and All About Developmental Disabilities.

 

Nights like last night are awful and painful. They also remind us of the importance of our work together.  We remain hopeful in knowing that Georgians from all over the state were gathered in solidarity with Warren Hill as the state took his life.  Thank you to each of you who attended a vigil, wrote a letter, or simply kept Warren and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will continue to organize until the death penalty is abolished once and for all. 

 

If you’re able, please support burial costs for Warren. His parents are elderly and on a fixed income, so the family is seeking donations for a proper burial close to their residence of Anderson, South Carolina. Please contribute if you can: http://www.gofundme.com/km7ap4

 

Join Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty's lobby day, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 as we talk to our legislators about the many problems with capital punishment in our state. Your participation is critical because it's important that Georgia legislators know that the movement to end the death penalty is growing in this state and that it will continue to grow until this cruel and inhumane punishment is no longer used.


Below is a powerful statement from Warren’s attorney, Brian Kammer, our friend, who with his team left no stone unturned fighting for Warren. I’ve also included an article from CNN, which highlights a joint statement from Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. In addition, here’s an excellent article from The Guardian who has covered Mr. Hill’s case for many years.

 

We are so grateful for all of you who fight for justice each and every day.

 

In solidarity,

Kathryn on behalf of GFADP

  

 

 

Brian Kammer of the Georgia Resource Center:​

"Today, the Court has unconscionably allowed a grotesque miscarriage of justice to occur in Georgia. Georgia has been allowed to execute an unquestionably intellectually disabled man, Warren Hill, in direct contravention of the Court’s clear precedent prohibiting such cruelty.  The intellectual disability community, which has strongly supported Mr. Hill's case for many years, joined his legal team in the belief that the Supreme Court would step in and prevent Georgia’s flagrant disregard of the Constitution on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities. Instead, tonight, Georgia will unconstitutionally execute Mr. Hill, a man with the emotional and cognitive ability of a young boy.  This execution is an abomination.  Like the execution of Jerome Bowden in 1986, the memory of Mr. Hill’s illegal execution will live on as a moral stain on the people of this State and on the courts that allowed this to happen.” 

 

- Brian Kammer, attorney for Warren Hill and Director of the Georgia Resource Center, January 27, 2015

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