In September 2011 I wrote about the death penalty, my views on the same and in particular about Troy Davis who was due to be executed in Georgia that day. That post can be found here. Despite an international outcry and overwhelming support, he was executed.
Troy Davis had to undergo three different execution dates. The first time in 2008 he had already been strapped down before a stay was granted, the second in September 2011 when he was strapped down, then removed, only for four hours later to strapped back down and killed.
Do we really call ourselves civilised?
Today in Georgia another man is due to be executed. His guilt for the crimes committed is not in question here. Warren Hill is mentally disabled. This has been agreed by seven different experts and his death would violate the US Constitution. In 2002 the Supreme Court ruled that you could not execute a person who was intellectually disabled. Yet that is exactly what is happening today.
Like Troy Davis, Warren Hill has also had to undergo previous execution dates. In July 2012 he was given a stay of execution only ninety minutes before it was scheduled to take place. In February of this year he was again due to be executed. He had been sedatives to calm him, had said goodbye to his family then again, thirty minutes prior to the execution, it was again stayed. Five months later he again faces the execution chamber.
This isn’t justice, this is torture.
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