Scott Panetti & Rational understanding

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30316117

“The Supreme Court added a provision mandating that an inmate have a rational understanding of why he was being put to death in 2007 under a previous appeal from Panetti.”

I suggest the Supreme Court demonstrate some rationality in it’s decisions!

Later:

“We STAY the execution pending further order of the court to allow us to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter.”

I suggest there is nothing complex here : Panneti is obviously suffering and has always suffered from severe schizophrenia, a severe mental illness. Civilised countries do not hold people with severe mental illness to be criminal.

I can relate personally to this situation, as I had an older brother who developed severe paranoid schizophrenia. As a child I once had to intervene to prevent (distract) my brother from killing my father.

See also http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20141201-editorial-panetti-and-the-insanity-of-executing-the-seriously-mentally-ill.ece

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