Submitted by Sarah on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:16.
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*Update – 12/4/2014, 1:56pm ET* Here is the statement from Panetti's attorneys at the Texas Defender Service. It includes a thorough background on the case.
*Update – 12/4/2014, 12:01pm ET* The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay of execution while they "consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter." Read the decision here.
"Conservatives believe in a criminal justice system that is fair, just, and effective," says EJUSA’s Marc Hyden, coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. "This case has made a mockery of that system."
Marc is speaking about the execution of Scott Panetti, set for tonight in Texas. Panetti’s mental illness has been well-documented for over 30 years. At his trial, he represented himself wearing a purple cowboy costume and tried to call the Pope, John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft, and Jesus Christ to testify. His lawyers say that his current state of mind is worse than it has ever been. Yet Texas’ Board of Pardons and Paroles vote 7-0 to let the execution go forward.
The Governor or the Supreme Court can still step in. And they would do well to listen to the massive, nationwide outcry that the execution has generated.