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  •  I don't accept the claim, though. (3+ / 0-)

    There's overwhelming evidence that Campbell understood that killing was wrong, that death is final, and that he controlled his own actions, which are the only three relevant issues when it comes to criminal responsibility.  If the state had covered up anything about those things, I'd be concerned.  

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:24:32 PM PDT

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    •  Whether you accept it or not, (4+ / 0-)
      The execution of mentally retarded defendants violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
      Atkins V. Virginia. It's illegal and unconstitutional to execute him when on THREE SEPARATE TESTS he was proven to be mentally retarded.

      It isn't okay to tell the Supreme Court to fuck themselves and do what you want anyway. We have the system we have for a reason, to put constraints on various parts of government.

    •  Those are not the issues (0+ / 0-)

      when it comes to the punishment meted out for those crimes, though. No one is contesting his guilt; he did it. However, he does not meet the criteria for a person to be executed, and the state of Texas hid that fact so that they could execute him in defiance of their beloved "rule of law" (which apparently does not apply to them).

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