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June 12, 2013

Mental health experts ask court to stop execution

WASHINGTON — Mental disability experts have filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent the execution of a Georgia death row inmate whose lawyers have long claimed he’s mentally disabled.

The document was filed Monday by six experts and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It supports a request filed last month by Warren Hill’s lawyers asking the high court to intervene.

Hill’s lawyers in February presented statements from three doctors who had testified in 2000 that Hill wasn’t mentally disabled and now believe he is. In the new court filing, the experts urge the high court to ensure that new testimony from those experts be considered.

The execution of mentally disabled offenders is prohibited by state law and a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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