Thursday, January 29, 2015

Robert Ladd: Texas executes intellectually disabled prisoner despite a high court ban on putting mentally impaired prisoners to death. The Guardian.

PUBLISHER'S VIEW (EDITORIAL);  Once again Texas has shown the true colours of its criminal justice system and the people who run it. So brutal, callous, vindictive and unnecessary.  A horrible fate for an intellectually disabled man. A sad moment for America.

Harold Levy. Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY:  "Texas executes  intellectually disabled killer Robert Ladd," by reporter Ed Pilkington, published by the Guardian on January 29, 2015.

SUB-HEADING:  "57-year-old man is second mentally impaired prisoner to die by lethal injection in US this week despite high court ban."

GIST:  "Texas has executed an intellectually disabled prisoner despite a high court ban on putting mentally impaired prisoners to death, the second such violation of constitutional protections to occur in the US this week. Robert Ladd, 57, died by lethal injection on Thursday evening. Under Texas’s unique – and widely ridiculed – definition of intellectual disability, he was deemed capable of being executed because he did not match the degree of mental impairment depicted in a character in a John Steinbeck novel.........Under what are known as “Briseno factors”, the state sets out the profile of an individual whom ordinary Texans would agree was intellectually disabled. It points to Lennie Small, the lumbering and childlike character in John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, identifying him as the legal yardstick. Ladd’s lawyer, Brian Stull of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that his client’s fate should not have depended “on a novella. Instead of sticking to the standards set by science, they refer to a character in Of Mice and Men.”"
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