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Execution of “mentally retarded” man moves ahead

Warren Hill, the Georgia death row inmate set to be executed in five days despite a state law and U.S. Supreme Court decision that bars killing people deemed "mentally retarded," lost his penultimate appeal yesterday when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his lawyer's plea for a delay until the Supreme Court can evaluate the case. Now, Hill's only hope is that the high court stops the execution before Monday evening.

“The U.S. Supreme Court is the only court which can grant an urgently needed stay to prevent an unconstitutional execution," Hill's attorney, Brian Kammer, said. "Every doctor who has examined Mr. Hill confirms the diagnosis of mental retardation. If our Constitution, the Eighth Amendment, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Atkins v. Virginia are the law of our land, then Mr. Hill’s execution must be stopped, until the Court is able to consider all of the information, which clearly establishes his mental retardation.”

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