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Ga. court rules against death row inmate

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 9:45 AM
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ATLANTA — The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against a death row inmate who accused prison officials of violating state procedures by failing to hold a public notice hearing before changing the state’s execution procedure.

In a ruling released Monday, the court ruled that the decision to replace a three-drug cocktail with one drug for executions is not subject to the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so it does not require public hearings before making the change.

With Monday’s unanimous decision, the high court lifted the stay of execution it granted last July to Warren Lee Hill hours before he was to die by lethal injection for the 1990 killing of a prison inmate.

Hill was set to be executed July 18. The day before, the Department of Corrections announced the change in its execution protocol and delayed Hill’s execution until July 23.

Hill’s lawyers challenged the new execution protocol. They said the change was not preceded by a 30-day notice period as required by the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act -- meaning the new method is invalid.

State lawyers countered that the injection protocol is part of the Department of Corrections’ standing operating procedures that can be changed by the department commissioner without additional steps.

A few hours before Hill was to be executed, the Georgia Supreme Court stayed the execution so it could determine whether corrections officials broke the law.

Hill was convicted in the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike.

He “removed a two-by-six board embedded with nails that served as a sink leg in the prison bathroom and, as Handspike slept, pounded him in his head and chest with the board as onlooking prisoners pleaded with him to stop,” Monday’s Supreme Court ruling states.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 02/04/13 - 12:10 pm

As far as I'm concerned, they can use a lethal injection coctail that causes a sensation of extreme burning on the inside, but puts a blissful smile on the inmate's face for the witnesses to see.

Riverman1 02/04/13 - 02:05 pm
Don Meredith would sing,

Don Meredith would sing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over."

rmwhitley 02/04/13 - 04:38 pm
Beat the

s.o.b. to death.

my.voice 02/04/13 - 06:48 pm
So what are we waiting on

So what are we waiting on now?

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 02/04/13 - 11:51 pm
So now what?

Are they going to reschedule his execution for say 2018?
If there wasn't such a long expensive appeals process and we atarted doling out the sentences like we used to I believe heinous crimes like his would drop.
If you're found guilty of capital murder and there's no question you're guilty then the next day kill them. I don't care how they do it. A well placed shot to the head is a lot cheaper than this stupid drug cocktail. Shoot behead them. Whatever it takes. Just quit wasting our tax money appealing a guilty verdict when it was proven that they are guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.
If we're going to have a death penalty then use the dang thing.
None of this 15 years of appeals.

MarinerMan 02/05/13 - 01:11 pm
Juice Time !!

If they can't get it done in Jackson, then ship him to Texas -- they can get it done. Twenty-three years is completely stupid. He was already a stupid criminal in JAIL !!

Jane18 02/06/13 - 10:39 am
23 Years Is Not A Deterrent..........

....years and years later. It's no wonder murders are committed so frequently. The murderers figure they will get away with it, go to prison(if caught)and eventually be paroled, stay on death row for "23" years. They have no fear of execution. But, if some were executed in 23 DAYS, wouldn't that be something, and especially an execution made public! So when is ole' Warren scheduled to die now? Whenever it is, it has been too long and too expensive!!

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