Saturday, July 14, 2012

Georgia: Call for Clemency

The Courier Herald contains an editorial calling on the State's Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute the sentence of Warren Hill, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday. Hill, who has an IQ of 70, is guilty of murdering his girlfriend.The piece notes:
Nephew and family spokesperson Richard Handspike has written a detailed affidavit on behalf of his family noting that at no time was his family asked for victim impact statements or even informed of Hill’s trial proceedings. He notes that the family does “not want Mr. Hill to be executed, and we believe a sentence of life without the possibility of parole is an appropriate and just resolution for this case and for us as the family of Joseph Handspike.” 
But it also argues:
At the end of the day, justice is not about carrying out the maximum sentence possible. It is about balancing the needs of a society and the rights of the victim. Georgia gains nothing, and the victim’s family appears to be further harmed, if this execution is allowed to go forward. If victim’s rights are to matter when the family wants death, then they should also matter when a family wants clemency. 
See full editorial here.

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