July 18, 2012
"UN rights expert urges halt to US executions of mentally disabled individuals"
UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] on Tuesday urged the US not to execute [press release] two individuals with "psychosocial disabilities" who are set to be put to death in Georgia and Texas. Warren Hill was set to be executed Wednesday in Georgia, but after the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parolesdenied his petition for clemency [JURIST report] Monday, the Georgia Department of Corrections delayed his execution for several days in order to make changes to its lethal injection protocol. . . . Yokamon Laneal Hearn is set to be executed Wednesday in Texas.
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