Should a death row inmate’s life hinge on an IQ test? – latimes.com
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about a Florida man, Freddie Lee Hall, who faces execution for a 1978 murder. Hall is intellectually incapable of understanding the arguments, but the state of Florida says that it has the right to execute him nevertheless, in a case that spotlights both the barbarity and the absurdity of the death penalty.
via Should a death row inmate's life hinge on an IQ test? – latimes.com.
Someone who is developmentally disabled can have an IQ far below 70, no comprehension of the heinousness of a crime he just committed, and no ability to participate meaningfully in his own defense and yet – years later – have an IQ well above 70, comprehension of the nature of his crime so complete as to include remorse, as well as an ability to participate in his own defense.
Slow to learn doesn’t mean unable to learn.
That’s the fact, Jack.
The fact that should have been hammered on in the LA Times article.
As to executing Freddie Lee Hall specifically and Florida executions overall, the Justice Department and FBI continue to be to blame for Florida executing the mentally challenged and the mentally ill, as well as innocents … some of whom fell into on or the other category.
Schizophrenic Linroy Bottoson and mentally-challenged Gerald Stano’s executions are directly tied to the exonerations of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon as well as the continued false imprisonment of Gary Bennett.
The Justice Department and FBI know that these Florida cases are not the total of false convictions resulting from discredited dog handler John Preston’s perjuries. There may be a hundred more Floridians who were framed, and there may be other ominously clouded convictions in other states aside from Stephen Epperly’s in Virginia.
John Preston was a “have dog, will travel” guy. So was Thomas McGinn, whom Preston claimed trained him. So was Keith Pikett. And the FBI was involved in some of the same investigations as all three.
Rick Scott (R) believes he’s perfectly safe in escalating the conviction corruption that Jeb Bush (R) and Charlie Crist (R) were embroiled in not only because it dates back to at least Bob Graham (D), who “investigated” John Preston and Thomas McGinn in the 1980′s, but because the FBI was involved, and the Justice Department is protecting that agency ahead of the public.
I don’t think that even one of them is safe.
There are world courts that will do what our Supreme Court won’t, when push comes to shove. And China’s recent report on US human rights violations indicates that push is likely going to come to shove.