The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (motto "Affirming Texas Judges, Y'all") stayed the execution of one James Campbell because the defense uncovered evidence that he has an IQ of 69. Shockingly, the State of Texas tried to keep that information from the defense. Earlier, the same 5th Circuit had denied an appeal based on Texas's method of execution, with the defense arguing that in light of the recent bloody mess in Oklahoma, a stay was in order.
The 5th Circuit said this:
“We have been presented with evidence that Campbell, who will soon be executed unless we intervene, may not constitutionally be executed,” wrote Judge James L. Dennis for the court. “It is regrettable that we are now reviewing evidence of intellectual disability at the eleventh hour before Campbell’s scheduled execution,” he wrote. “However, from the record before us, it appears that we cannot fault Campbell or his attorneys, present or past, for the delay.”
So here is the current state of executions in America:
It's ok for the state to make you suffer when killing you. But it's not constitutional if you're too damn dumb to know what's happening.
What a great system.
See you in court.
Coming soon: "Thus Spake Zarathustra.... and you know who."
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