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CEP 470 Article Presentation Each student will present one recent news item related to disability in a diverse society Articles should be selected from respected news sources You must email the instructor your selected article at least 24 hours before the beginning of class For the presentation students will do the following 0 Brie y summarize the article 3 points 0 State why you found the article interesting 3 point Relate the article to the readings being covered in class 3 points 0 Answer any questions posed by class members 1 point The purpose of this assignment is to bring current information about disability in a diverse society into the classroom This assignment also may increase students understanding of how disability is presented in the media httpwwwcnncom20150126usgeorgiainmatetuesday executionindexhtml A man named Warren Lee Hill was executed in Georgia despite pleas from human rights groups and legal representatives who say his intellectual disability should him ineligible for the death penalty Hill died by injection at the prison in Jackson Georgia Hill had an IQ of about 70 and the quotemotional capacity of a young boyquot Executing an intellectually disabled person violates the Eighth Amendment s ban on cruel and unusual punishment but the ruling also allows states to de ne intellectual disability In Georgia that means attorneys for death row inmates have to prove mental impairment quotbeyond a reasonable doubtquot 0 Brian Kammer Hill s attorney believes that in any other state Hill would be serving a life sentence He is a twotime murderer Hill killed a fellow inmate by beating him to death with a nail studded board and at that time he was serving life for shooting his girlfriend in 1985 Attorneys for the state have argued that Hill served in the Navy held a job and managed his money before killing his girlfriend signs that he didn39t necessarily meet the legal standard for intellectually disabled even though he has a low IQ But selfsufficiency does not make a strong enough case for an execution Kammer says 0 The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities also weighed in against the execution stating quotNo other state risks the lives of those with developmental disabilities to this extremequot In a joint statement released Tuesday the NAACP the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty called the board39s decision to deny clemency quotan embarrassment to our statequot They condemned the legal system for quotfailing to protect those who are most vulnerablequot Hill had the support of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities the Georgia NAACP and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter quotThis is the strictest standard in any jurisdiction in the nation Even Warren Hill a man with an IQ of 70 who is diagnosed as mentally retarded by every doctor who has examined him found it impossible to meet this standard of proofquot Kammer said 0 Hill was within half an hour of execution Tuesday night when federal and state appeals courts stepped in to halt the procedure said his lawyer Brian Kammer His lawyers say he39s mentally retarded with an IQ of 70 but state prosecutors say Hill has repeatedly failed to prove that claim in court Kammer said seven doctors agree that his client is intellectually disabled including three doctors for the state who initially evaluated Hill and said he didn39t meet Georgia39s standard Kammer said those doctors have since signed an affidavit admitting they felt rushed during Hill39s examination and now believe he does meet the standard for quotintellectually disabledquot Last week three doctors who examined Hill for the state led affidavits stating they have reversed their previous ndings Their reversal quoteliminated all expert disagreement as to Mr Hill39s mental retardation claim and demonstrated that Mr Hill could prove his mental retardation beyond a reasonable doubtquot his lawyers wrote in a response to the state39s Wednesday appeal I found the article interesting because it is a controversial subject being that 34 states have the death penalty I am from Chicago and also go to school here obviously and both Michigan and Illinois do not have the death penalty so it is something new to learn about and think about I think the death penalty has its pros and cons The article does relate to readings covered in class Warren Hill had an intellectual disability which we talked about the rst week of class An intellectual disability is having limitations in intellectual and adaptive behavior which are social and practical everyday skills Usually an intellectual disability originates before the age of 18 so I am wondering when Warren Hill was seen as having one This makes me think about the time of onset and if it was acquired or congenital On the hierarchy of stigma intellectual disabilities are the 339 on the list and are under the most stigma disability
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