Democracy Now: U.N. Official Calls on Georgia, Texas to Halt Executions of 2 Mentally Disabled Men

A U.N. human rights investigator is calling on the United States to halt the executions of two mentally disabled death row prisoners in Georgia and Texas. The prisoners, Warren Hill and Yokamon Hearn, were each found guilty of murder and sentenced to die despite concerns they may have disabilities. Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on executions, called for the two men’s sentences to be commuted, saying the killings would violate the Supreme Court’s ruling against executing people with mental disabilities. Yokamon Hearn has reportedly been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and has a history of mental health problems. He is scheduled to be executed in Texas tonight.

~ by wheresthemic on July 18, 2012.

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