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  •  We do have a perverse system, (3+ / 0-)
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    pittie70, Jon Sitzman, kfunk937

    But not for the reasons you think we do. "An IQ point here or there" Okay so if they're at freakin' 10 let's still off them. "Knowing who manufactured your poison" we want to know that so we can know the track record of the company making the chemicals. So that they don't screw up and cause an excruciatingly painful death. And so that if they do screw up and cause that, the company can be dealt with accordingly.

    Neither of those is in any way irrelevant. The mental capacity of defendants has always been a central part of law and it always will be. The Supreme Court has ruled on it. You can dislike it all you want, but it'll take a constitutional amendment to change it. And I highly doubt you can reach the threshhold for an amendment that says "You can now execute the mentally handicapped."

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