The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, "Fulton judge stays Warren Hill’s execution." It's by Rhonda Cook and Bill Rankin.
A Fulton County judge stayed Monday’s scheduled execution of condemned killer Warren Hill.
After a 90-minute hearing, Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan scheduled another hearing for Thursday morning to hear challenges raised by Hill’s attorneys. They are challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that shields from public view the identities of the lethal injection drug’s manufacturer and physician who prescribes it.
The execution was scheduled for 7 p.m.
For the first time, Georgia has turned to an individual pharmacy for its lethal injection drug. It has become virtually impossible to secure the powerful sedative from a mass manufacturer because European-based companies that don’t want their products used for capital punishment.
On July 1, state law made it a state secret to identify the maker of the drug Georgia uses to carry out lethal injections.
Hill’s lawyers say that secret makes it impossible to ensure that the drugs are sterile, properly made and will not cause excruciating pain.
“The use of an unknown, anonymously produced substance to carry out his execution carries an intolerable risk of pain and suffering, and thus constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” attorney Brian Kammer wrote in a filing with Fulton County Superior Court.
Earlier coverage of Warren Hill case begins at the link.