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    •  Almost as bad as Alabama (3+ / 0-)
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      Post Atkins v. Virginia, I was working pro bono on the death penalty conviction of a man who had been IQ tested in grade school within the range of mentally retarded.  He dropped out, and was never examined for the mental retardation standards at the time of his conviction, because that conviction pre-dated Atkins.  I.e., his "slowness" was offered by his defense as a mitigating factor, but there was at that time not much incentive to develop a mental retardation diagnosis.

      So, now, the prison helpfully administered a whole series of, possibly, dozens of IQ tests to this guy (you know, to help him learn), and he ends up about 2 points over the upper numerical IQ range for mental retardation, and of course their psych will testify that he's very socially adapted.  

      Full steam ahead, pull the switch, and for god's sake, let's expedite the habeas process without even a hearing or independent medical examination of this guy.  Why Ala wants to execute the mentally retarded is completely beyond me.

      Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

      by milton333 on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 02:04:42 PM PDT

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      •  because it's cheaper (2+ / 0-)
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        then providing them with any services.  Ask any parent of a disabled child why the school system hates us so much.  People with disabilities are expensive, and so many people would rather that our tax dollars go to fighting pointless wars.

        If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

        by Tamar on Mon Jul 16, 2007 at 02:17:23 PM PDT

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