Lawyers argue executing Georgia inmate set to die Tuesday would be ‘unconstitutional’

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ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die next week say the act of executing their client would be unconstitutional.

William Sallie is to be executed Tuesday. He was convicted in the March 1990 slaying of his father-in-law.

His lawyers argue in a court filing Wednesday that executing their client would be arbitrary and would amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. They also argue it would violate his due process rights.

Among their assertions of arbitrariness is the fact that a Georgia death row inmate is generally set for execution soon after his post-conviction appeals are exhausted while those in other states linger in prison long after those appeals are completed.

The state attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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