Saturday, August 4, 2012

Marvin Wilson: His lawyers want the Supreme Court to force Texas to use scientific standards to establish mental retardation: Texas Tribune.

STORY: "Advocates: Don't execute mentally retarded man," by reporter Brandi Grissom, published in the Texas Tribune on August 3, 2012,

GIST: "At the time of Wilson's original trial in 1992, Kovarsky said, lawyers did not present evidence of mental retardation because it would have been considered a factor that would have made him more dangerous and more likely to be sentenced to death. Kovarsky said Wilson's lawyers want the Supreme Court to force Texas to use scientific standards for establishing mental retardation.
Amnesty International called the state's decision to execute Wilson "utterly shameful" and called on the Supreme Court to intervene. "Texas seems to think it can buck even the Supreme Court," said Laura Moye, director of Amnesty International's death penalty abolition campaign. "The Supreme Court must hear this case if Texas refuses to commute the sentence.""

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