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Resource Center Wins New Trial for Mentally Ill Macon County Man

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Georgia Supreme Court granted a new trial to Resource Center client Artemus Rick Walker, convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of Lynwood Gresham in Montezuma, Georgia, in 1999.  The Georgia Supreme Court's decision affirms the judgment issued previously by the habeas corpus court, which heard extensive evidence of the onset of Mr.

Georgia Resource Center receives award from the Arc of Georgia

On August 24, 2013, the Georgia Resource Center received The Arc of Georgia's annual Diedre O'Brien Award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc of Georgia has long advocated on behalf of this constituency and was instrumental in helping to pass Georgia's statutory ban on the execution of persons with intellectual disability (formerly "mental retardation").

Max Blau with Creative Loafing Atlanta discusses the stay of execution for Warren Hill

"Why Georgia Can't Kill Warren Hill" "Warren Lee Hill should already be dead. But thanks to Georgia, which for years has feverishly pursued the death-row inmate's execution, as well as an unlikely and fortunate series of events, he has somehow managed to stay alive."

Jesse Wegman of the New York Times discusses the Warren Hill case

"Secrecy and the Death Penalty" "In a strongly worded opinion, Judge Tusan held that the 'complete lack of information available to [Mr. Hill] and the public itself' about the provenance of the lethal-injection drugs 'makes it impossible' for Mr. Hill to bring a meaningful claim that his execution would violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment."

State of Georgia seeks execution of Warren Hill via secret drugs.

"Georgia Uses Secrecy Law to Obtain Lethal Drug for Execution of Mentally Disabled Prisoner""Hill’s attorney argues that blocking the name of the drug supplier leaves his client 'with no means for determining whether the drugs for his lethal injection are safe and will reliably perform their function, or if they are tainted, counterfeited, expired or compromised in some other way.'"  

Trymaine Lee with MSNBC writes about the Warren Hill case as execution looms

In his MSNBC.com piece, Trymaine Lee provides detail as to Warren Hill's troubled upbringing and early signs of mental retardation: "Hill grew up in an abusive household and attended poor, segregated elementary schools in Elberton, a rural town in northeast Georgia. He was one of 10 children and his father, Warren Hill Sr., was an alcoholic. The family moved from small town to small town. The family was often without adequate food or clothing, and Warren Hill Jr.

Andrew Cohen in The Atlantic discusses the Warren Hill case and the need for Supreme Court intervention.

In his most recent piece on the Warren Hill case, Andrew Cohen writes: "The main issue the justices confront this week is not complicated. Either Atkins still stands as a prohibition against executing the mentally retarded or it doesn't."

Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic decries 11th Circuit's denial of relief for Warren Hill

"Executing the Mentally Handicapped is Illegal -- Except When It Isn't" in The Atlantic, April 23, 2013:"In Atkins, Justice Kennedy, ever the advocate of state autonomy, craftily permitted states like Georgia to use their own standards to determine which capital defendants are mentally retarded and which are not. Well, here we are. Every expert from Georgia who has evaluated Hill believes today that he is mentally retarded.

Georgia Resource Center to receive American Constitution Society's 2013 Legal Legends Award

The Georgia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society has announced that the Georgia Resource Center, along with retired Judge Horace T. Ward of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, will receive the 2013 Legal Legends Award on May 15, 2013, at the Georgia State Bar Building.

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