Ga. high court to hear oral arguments in Hill case

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Updated: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:14:46 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in its review of a lower court's order temporarily halting an execution because of a challenge to a new state law prohibiting the release of information about the source of the state's execution drug.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan in July issued a stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill. At issue is a law that classifies certain information about executions, including the source of the drug, as a "confidential state secret."

Oral arguments are set for Monday.

Hill's lawyers say the statute is unconstitutional. State attorneys have said it's constitutional and necessary to discourage retaliation against those who take part in executions.

The high court has asked the two sides to address four questions in their arguments.

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