Creative Loafing Atlanta writer Max Blau, who's been live tweeting today's Fulton County Superior Court hearing on Georgia's Lethal Injection Secrecy Act, reports:
Court rules in favor of #WarrenHill and says the lack of information regarding lethal injection drugs causes "irreparable harm."
"Judge grants Warren Hill temporary stay of execution," is AP coverage filed by Christina A. Cassidy. It's via WALB-TV.
A judge has granted death row inmate Warren Lee Hill a temporary stay of execution, and attorneys for the state say they plan to appeal the injunction in the state Supreme Court.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan issued the injunction Thursday afternoon. Hill's attorneys were in court arguing the constitutionality of a law prohibiting the release of information on where Georgia gets its supply of a lethal injection drug.
The state's attorneys have argued the law is designed to discourage retaliation against those who participate in executions and is constitutional.
Tusan extended the stay so more hearings and briefings could be held, but didn't say the law is unconstitutional.
"Judge upholds stay of Hill’s execution," is by Bill Rankin for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A Fulton County judge on Thursday rulled in favor of condemned killer, Warren Lee Hill, keeping in place his stay of execution that she issued on Monday.
Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan said the law does not allow Hill to raise a meaningful challenge that his execution could cause needless suffering because he does not know the source of the drugs being used to kill him or the qualifications of the pharmacy that compounds them.
After Tusan announced her decision, she allowed lawyers from the state Attorney General’s office to immediately appeal her ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court. If the state high court overturns Tusan’s injunction, it remains possible that Hill could still be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Friday.
Brian Kammer, one of Hill’s lawyers, said he hopes the state Supreme Court upholds Tusan’s decision.
“I’m extremely pleased,” he said. “It’s a very well-written and well-thought-out order.”
Tusan read her order from the bench after a hearing that began early Thursday morning and stretched into the afternoon. She said Hill’s challenge could prevail on separation of powers, access to the courts and First Amendment grounds.
WGCL-TV posts, "Judge grants Warren Hill a stay of execution," by Christopher King.
Lawyers for death row inmate Warren Hill won an eleventh-hour attempt to spare his life.
Hill was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday, but a judge gave him a stay of execution...again.
His lawyers argued his execution should be delayed be cause of questions over how the state obtains the drug pentobarbital.
The state is allowed by law to buy the drug in secrecy.
Hill's lawyers argued the state should not be getting the drug from pharmacies that are not approved by the FDA.
That raised concerns on whether the drug may be tainted and whether it may cause pain while being administered.
Earlier coverage of Warren Hill's case begins at the link.