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Lawyer Argues Inmate's Suicide Attempt Left Him Too Brain Damaged To Be Executed

Photo Courtesy -- Georgia Department of Corrections(ATLANTA) -- In a last-ditch effort to stop his client's execution, Brian Kammer, lawyer for Brandon Joseph Rhode, argued that Rhode's recent suicide attempt left him too brain-damaged to justify the death penalty.  The Georgia Supreme Court swifty rejected the appeal laid out by Kammer in more than 60 pages of court documents filed early Monday.  According to documents obtained by ABC News, Kammer refers to Rhode's execution, still scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, as "nothing more than the purposeless and needless imposition of pain and suffering."  Kammer's appeal comes after last week's suicide attempt by Rhode just hours before Rhode was originally scheduled to be executed.  According to a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections, Rhode had not requested a final meal last week and will receive the standard meal tray being served at the prison.  If executed, he will be the 25th person put to death by the state, with the last one taking place in June.  Rhode was convicted in 2000 for a triple-murder of a father and his two young kids during a robbery of their Georgia home. He was 20 at the time he committed the crime.

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