Charles Posted June 24, 2002 Share Posted June 24, 2002 Well, it's not every day that yours truly creates a topic in Otaku Lounge, so here goes nothing. The Supreme Court on Thursday declared an end to the execution of convicted murderers who are mentally retarded, saying the United States has reached a consensus that it is cruel and unusual to put to death a person with the mental age of a child. As a result, eighteen states, including Arizona, which impose the death penalty, have passed new laws exempting prisoners who are mentally retarded, the court said. The reasoning behind this movement, is simple. Justice John Paul Stevens spoke for the court when he said that the practice was "truly unusual." It is also cruel, he said, because those with a diminished mental capacity are more likely to act on impulse and less likely to consider the consequences. The ultimate punishment of death should be reserved for the worst of murderers, Stevens said. Because retarded people are less culpable for their acts of violence, they must be "categorically excluded" from capital punishment, he concluded. I can imagine inmates pleading that they are mentally disabled in order to save themselves now. I feel that despite a criminal's mental capacity, the punishment should be death. What are your opinions on this? If you managed to read through all, that is. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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