Execution Halted Over Drug Secrecy Law
Georgia law conceals identities of drug suppliers, executioners
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 2:42 AM CDT
The death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia.   (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

(Newser) – The execution of Georgia inmate Warren Hill has been delayed at the last minute for a third time—not because experts have deemed him mentally retarded, but because of a new law that makes the identities of those supplying lethal-injection drugs a "confidential state secret." A judge granted a temporary stay of execution 4 hours before Hill was due to die to give her more time to consider the law, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Other states including Arkansas and Tennessee have introduced similar laws in an effort to dodge drug makers' attempts to stop their products from being used to kill people.

The law also allows the state to conceal the identities of doctors who administer lethal injections, a process Hill's lawyer says is a "shameful, reprehensible, cowardly way of killing people," the Guardian reports. Hill was serving a life sentence for shooting his girlfriend to death when he murdered another inmate in 1990. Experts who previously testified that he was faking mental retardation now say they were mistaken, and the US Supreme Court has agreed to consider his case in September. But it's not clear whether they will act if his execution is rescheduled before then.

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BenDunn
Jul 16, 2013 10:51 AM CDT
One .45 cal. round $1.15 Getting this ass off taxpayers backs for more appeals, Priceless!
Who_Cares
Jul 16, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
Most of the cost will be there regardless because prosecutors whether they work or not they will get paid. Case of this man isn't simple because he does appear to suffer from mental retardation and should be confined in mental facility. Government wants to close all mental facilities and let these people on the streets. Would you like this man or someone like him be on the street sidewalk where you go to work everyday? I wouldn't. When you remove the death penalty from the table, the crime rate will rise. Look at European countries and their laxed liberal laws, couple of years for rape, probation for mugging. I would be more concern about the gas prices and cost of living going up and live the rest to God.
JackNelsonSteward
Jul 16, 2013 5:57 AM CDT
Just revoke the State's power to kill its convicted citizens. Limit State power to confining them for the rest of their lives. That way there's no question about how to kill or what to use or who's supplying it. All this tedious and expensive process of endless appeals is eliminated, there's no need for an entire special part of the prison to confine them, and there's no chance of making an irreversible error. It accomplishes the same thing as State execution: That individual is locked away from the society he or she has shown they can't live in. Small government = No capital punishment.