On the News With Thom Hartmann: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Did It – Texas Executes Man Who Is Mentally Disabled, and More
Texas Governor Rick Perry did it – he executed a man who’s mentally disabled with a 61 IQ, despite the Supreme Court ruling a decade ago that executing the mentally disabled violated the 8th Amendments protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Curiously, the same Supreme Court that ruled such executions are unconstitutional denied a last minute appeal by 54-year-old Marvin Wilsons attorneys in one final bid to save their client’s life. Rather than employing science and medicine to determine if an inmate is mentally disabled, the state of Texas uses John Steinbecks Of Mice and Men – basically using Lenny from the novel as a benchmark for mental retardation. Marvin Wilson didn’t meet the criteria – and now he’s dead. At least Governor Perry will have another applause line at the Republican debate should he decide to run for President again.
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