ATLANTA, GA – Georgia lawmakers held a meeting to hear arguments on both sides of the states death penalty provisions. The current state law requires death penalty defendants to prove beyond a doubt they are intellectually disabled to be spared of execution. Defense attorneys for the intellectually disabled argued the current standard is too high, and prosecutors argued unintended consequences could come if the law is changed.
Georgia currently has the toughest standard for proving disability in the United States. Other states that impose the death penalty have lower standards, and some do not have set standards at all.
Source: The Telegraph