ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia are revisiting the state's requirement for death row inmates to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are mentally disabled to avoid execution on those grounds.
Georgia in 1988 became the first state to ban the execution of mentally disabled offenders. But it also has the strictest burden of proof for defendants seeking to use that disability to escape the death penalty.
Other states that impose the death penalty have a lower threshold for proving mental disability, and some don't set standards at all.
A state House committee is holding an out-of-session meeting Thursday to seek input from the public.
The committee chairman says the meeting does not mean changes to the law will be proposed. He says the statute's toughest-in-the-nation status compels lawmakers to review it.