Texas set to execute a man that suffers from mental illness

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It’s disappointing that this story has not more media attention until very recently. Maybe it’s because he was permitted to represent himself, that he wasn’t able to have a proper defense. However, the attempts to subpoena Jesus and JFK should have raised some questions. If that was’t enough, being hospitalized 12-times over a 6 year period, due to his schizophrenia diagnosis should have been considered at sentencing. This shouldn’t be a surprise, since Texas executed a man with an IQ below 70 . Scott Panetti is scheduled to die today, by lethal injection, for killing his in-laws. It’s stories like this that make me push for increased awareness about mental illness. Below are links to articles about the case, as well as a link the the Change.org petition.

Conservatives Pushback on Scott Panetti Execution (video)

Texas Plans to Execute a Schizophrenic Man Who Tried to Subpoena Jesus

Scott Panetti Death Penalty Update: Texas Prepares To Execute Mentally Ill Man

#SaveScott. Sign the petition.

**UPDATE**With just under 12 hours before  Scott Panetti was to be executed by the state of Texas, an appeals court issued a stay Wednesday morning,  click here to read the full update .

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