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  •  Oh really? (3+ / 0-)
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    cdreid, Matt Z, Ninepatch

    Regardless of the Supreme Court decision in 2002, we contine to murder them.

    Is it because she's a woman that double killer is to be executed by lethal injection?

    21st September 2010

    Facing death: Teresa Lewis, considered to be borderline mentally-retarded, will be executed on Thursday if her latest appeal fails

    Barring a last minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, at 9pm on Thursday, Teresa Lewis will be led into the state death chamber in L building at Greensville Correction Centre, Virginia  -  a prison nicknamed Hellville.

    There, having chosen lethal injection over the electric chair, the 41-year-old grandmother will be given a fatal cocktail of drugs and her death will be watched by the regulation minimum of six independent witnesses.

    She will be the first woman executed in the U.S. for five years, and the first in Virginia for almost a century.

    Her case has shocked a country already accustomed to the arbitrary nature of its death penalty. What has particularly appalled protesters is that Lewis appears to have been singled out for the death penalty because she is a woman.

    Furthermore, with an IQ of 72, she is considered to be borderline mentally-retarded. Friends say she is barely capable of buying food at the shop.

    She is being executed for her part in a double murder in which her two co-conspirators  -  both men and the individuals who actually carried out the fatal shootings  -  have escaped with life sentences in jail.

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    •  So the state of the law is that (0+ / 0-)

      mental retardation is a category for which the courts will consider it a factor for not leveling the death penalty.

      •  Just the opposite (0+ / 0-)

        There was a study recently, i believe it was listed her on DK as well where those with extremely low IQ were more likely to be executed. Wanna guess why? Prosecutors are all about the easy targets. Thats why when a Dupont murders a man he lusts in cold blood they politely ask if they can come in then send him to a cozy upperclass mental institution. But Joe the 20yo poor black dude with an iq of 70 fries.

        Voters will choose a person who fights a losing battle for his principles over one who fights winning battles against them every time.

        by cdreid on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 04:21:16 AM PST

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