Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mental retardation is no match against the Texas death machine

Last night the State of Texas murdered Milton Mathis. Mr. Mathis killed two of his friends inside a crack house and shot another person who is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Mr. Mathis also had an IQ of 62 - a result that suggests he was mentally retarded. At the time of his conviction the US Supreme Court had not yet held that executing the mentally retarded was a violation of the Eighth Amendment. He was granted a hearing at which the judge made the determination that he was not retarded.

The murder of Mr. Mathis does not bring back anyone from the dead. It does not cure anyone's paralysis. It does nothing to ease the pain of knowing your loved ones aren't coming home.

All it means is one more person is dead and one more family is grieving.

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