TITLE

Executing the Mentally Retarded

PUB. DATE
April 2002
SOURCE
America;4/29/2002, Vol. 186 Issue 14, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
Editorial. Explores the question of whether mentally retarded people should be executed, which is under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. Controversy surrounding the case of Atkins v. Commonwealth of Virginia; States which have enacted laws against executing the retarded; Issue of the ability of mentally retarded defendants to assist in their defense; Mention of a report issued by Human Rights Watch; Argument that there is a growing public awareness of unfairness in the death penalty system.
ACCESSION #
6566396

 

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