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Texas executes man with 61 I.Q.

Marvin WilsonFrom the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:

The more we know about the death penalty the more it shocks the conscience of fair-minded people.

Marvin Wilson was executed by the state of Texas, despite having an IQ of 61.

Wilson should not have been on death row. In its Atkins decision in 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the execution of people with mental retardation.  But it held that states could set their own standard for determining who should be excluded from the possibility of facing death as punishment in order to comply with the Constitution.

In Texas, the process for making this life saving determination seems to be completely subjective.  In fact, since 2002 Texas has executed dozens of prisoners with intellectual disabilities.

Unfortunately, cases like these are just the tip of the iceberg, and just one of the reasons why we are so adamant about ending the death penalty.

For more on Wilson, please read the Huffington Post’s “Marvin Wilson, Texas Man With 61 IQ, To Be Executed In Days” or watch this video from Democracy Now!:

Photo: Marvin Wilson, courtesy National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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