Texas Executes Man With IQ of 67

The Supreme Court has banned the execution of the mentally disabled. Robert Ladd has an IQ of 67. Texas killed him tonight anyway. He died 27 minutes after being injected with lethal drugs. He said they stung.

Under Texas’s unique – and widely ridiculed – definition of intellectual disability, he was deemed capable of being executed because he did not match the degree of mental impairment depicted in a character in a John Steinbeck novel.

Ladd is the second mentally disabled inmate to be killed in the U.S. this week. Georgia killed Warren Hill

All seven medical experts who saw him – including three appointed by the state itself – concluded that he was mentally impaired by a “preponderance of the evidence”.

Georgia, however, was not satisfied by that unanimous body of opinion, and required Hill to prove he was disabled “beyond a reasonable doubt” – a standard no other state in the union requires and which experts say is almost impossible to match.

His lawyer said:

“The memory of Mr Hill’s illegal execution will live on as a moral stain on the people of this state and on the courts that allowed this to happen.”

The ACLU, which represented Ladd, has more on his case is here.

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    This is one of the reasons why I don't support (none / 0) (#1)
    by McBain on Thu Jan 29, 2015 at 11:19:11 PM EST
    the death penalty. I don't know the facts of this case but it reminds me of a good documentary about a wrongfully convicted and executed retarded boy called "The Last Word".  

    People sleep better an night knowing their DA, judge, jury and everyone else is tough on crime.  The problem is being "tough on crime" often means over prosecuting.  When someone being over prosecuted doesn't have the money to hire a decent lawyer our system really sucks.