Tuesday, May 18, 2004

No Legal Reason
Texas executed a mentally ill convicted double murderer on Tuesday, an hour after Gov. Rick Perry denied a rare clemency recommendation from the state's pardons and parole board.

Kelsey Patterson, a 50-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, was condemned for the 1992 shootings of an east Texas oilman and his secretary.

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday recommended in a 5-1 vote that Patterson's sentence be delayed or commuted to life in prison because of his mental illness. It was a rare decision in a state that prides itself on unforgiving justice and leads the nation in executions.

Perry denied the board's recommendation an hour before Patterson was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in downtown Huntsville, 75 miles north of Houston.
The U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of mentally retarded individuals but has no such ban for the mentally ill.[Nitpicker emphasis]
Yeah, gov you wouldn't want to take a stand that it's cruel and unusual punishment and commute his sentence to life in an appropriate mental health facility. On the other hand you give the nation your criminally stupid and religiously insane showing us no mercy, so I guess Texas is at least consistent.


Blogger Laura said...

This is pathetic! Even some third world countries have outlawed execution of the mentally ill. The state of Texas executes more people per capita than the People's Republic of China, for crying out loud!

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