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Georgia judge stays Warren Hill’s execution

A Georgia judge has once again granted Warren Hill a temporary stay of execution, just hours before the 53-year-old intellectually disabled man was scheduled to be killed by lethal injection.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

After a 90-minute hearing, Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan scheduled another hearing for Thursday morning to hear challenges raised by Hill’s attorneys. They are challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that shields from public view the identities of the lethal injection drug’s manufacturer and physician who prescribes it.

The execution was scheduled for 7 p.m.

For the first time, Georgia has turned to an individual pharmacy for its lethal injection drug. It has become virtually impossible to secure the powerful sedative from a mass manufacturer because European-based companies that don’t want their products used for capital punishment.

“The use of an unknown, anonymously produced substance to carry out his execution carries an intolerable risk of pain and suffering, and thus constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” Hill's attorney Brian Kammer wrote in a filing with the court.

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