It’s a dark day for the American judicial system.
The state of Georgia executed 54 year old Warren Hill — a man with the mental capacity of an 11-year old.
Warren was serving a life sentence after murdering his girlfriend, and then faced further punishment after beating a fellow inmate to death.
Were his crimes violent?
Yes they were—and perhaps death is the judgement he should face—but he had the mindset of an 11-year old! Furthermore, there has been judicial precedent set against executing criminals with mental disabilities.
Hill’s lawyer had this to say about the US Supreme Court’s failure to be swayed by Warren’s case:
“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.”
What kind of direction is our society headed when we execute the weak instead of protecting them?