Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Devil Goes Down to Georgia

UPDATE: After a denial of clemency by the Georgia parole board, SCOTUS denied Hill's request for a Stay of Execution and Petition for Writ of Certiorari. Justices Breyer and Sotomayor dissented from the denial. As a result of the denials, Hill's death sentence was carried out by the State of Georgia as scheduled. Warren Lee Hill, Jr. was pronounced dead at 7:55 P.M. January 27, 2015.

The State of Georgia tonight intends to execute a human being everyone qualified to assess agrees is intellectually disabled. This punishment will be meted out despite the Supreme Court of the United States claim that persons of such limited intellectual functioning cannot be executed. If our Supreme Court declines to step in and stop this death, we have forfeited the right to say we are a nation of laws. 

Warren Lee Hill, Jr. murdered two people in cold blood. He may very well be the Devil incarnate. Who but the Devil himself kills not once, but twice?

How can anyone say the law has died with such a man?

Sir Thomas More, real life lawyer, writer, and English Lord Chancellor, who went to his death rather disavow his faith, gives the answer to his son-in-law, William Roper, in an imagined exchange from Robert Bolt's award winning play, A Man For All Seasons:
William Roper: So now you'd give the devil the benefit of law?
Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that.
More: Oh, and when the last law was down, and the devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, all the laws being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, man's laws not God's, and if you cut them down -- and you're just the man to do it -- do you really think that you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the devil the benefit of the law, for my own safety's sake.
We are a poorer, weaker and ultimately corrupt nation if Warren Lee Hill, Jr. dies tonight.

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