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Death Penalty Ban For People With Mental Illness

Indiana lawmakers Wednesday studied the potential of a move to prohibit the death penalty in cases where a defendant has a serious mental illness.<p>The …

Mental Disorders

Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law

In just a couple months, Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law.<p>The state of Indiana has executed …

Death Penalty

Senate Judiciary Committee - Sep 11th, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee

Death penalty is killing many vulnerable citizens

As Ohio conducted its first execution in more than three and a half years, Ronald Phillips, who was convicted of the murder of Sheila Marie Evans, …

Mental Disorders

Prosecutors Accept Life Plea by Severely Mentally Ill Man in Killing of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Texas prosecutors have dropped their pursuit of the death penalty against a severely mentally ill capital defendant charged with what they …

Crime

Beacon Journal editorial board: Justice, mental illness and the death penalty

Mental Disorders

Indiana lawmakers consider changes to death penalty law

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In just a couple months, lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state’s death penalty law.It goes back to a bill …

Death Penalty

Limiting the reach of the death penalty

In a series of landmark cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has excluded certain groups from being eligible for the death penalty. Some of these exclusions …

Judiciary

'Is it justice, or is it vengeance?:' Indiana can't execute offenders right now. Does it need to?

The state of Indiana hasn’t executed an offender on death row in more than seven years. Between a court injunction and declining public support for …

Justice

Mental Illness and Capital Punishment: Potential Complications

<b>Commentary</b><p>The US Supreme Court has been slowly but steadily “chipping away” at the death penalty. Lee and Hall’s well-written article gives a …

Mental Disorders

The Death Penalty and Mental Illness: An Evolving Standard?

The use of the death penalty in the Americas dates to the 15th century when European settlers brought with them the practice of capital punishment. …

Eighth Amendment

He’s a killer set to die. But his mental illness has set off a new death penalty battle.

Someone was trying to kill him. William C. Morva was certain of it.<p>He couldn’t breathe and he was withering away, he told his mother in a jailhouse call.<p>“Somebody wants me to die and I don’t know who it is,” he said. “They know my health is dwindling, okay?”<p>He sounded paranoid. His voice grew more …

Crime

Will Virginia Execute a Man Whose Crimes Were Driven by Delusions?

As Maria MacBain stepped onto the witness stand at the 2008 trial of William Morva, she felt a wave of intimidation. The historic courthouse building …

Album of the Week: Broken Social Scene

News<p>Album of the Week: Broken Social Scene<p><i>Hug of Thunder</i> Out Now via Arts & Crafts<p><b>Find It At:</b> AMAZON<p>Broken Social Scene's exuberant rock formula is …

Indie Music

Make This Simple Miso Marinade for All of Your Meaty Needs

The more I use miso, the more I become convinced that other flavoring agents are simply not needed. Not only does it render soups, dips, and desserts …

Cooking

No Visit to Rome Will Ever Be as Spectacular as This Hyperlapse Race Through the City

Before you decide to travel to an exotic locale, you now have to stop and ask yourself if it’s worth dealing with a terrible airline to get there. …

Rome

Why a Severe Mental Illness Exemption is Needed in Idaho

Not the worst of the worst, or why Ohio should spare from execution those with severe mental illness

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton recently reminded state lawmakers about the “evolving standards of decency” when it comes to the death penalty. The former …

Mental Disorders

A Veteran’s Plea: Stop Executing People with Severe Mental Illness

<i>Taking the death penalty off the table for people with severe mental illness respects the fundamental dignity of each human being.</i><p>I know firsthand …

House Bill would keep mentally ill from death row

For the second year in a row, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association voiced strong opposition to a bill that would keep severely mentally ill …

How Many Death Row Prisoners Are Disabled?

When Kenneth Williams was a child, his father beat him regularly with a belt. One time, he threw Williams against a wall, injuring his brain. Besides …

Texas Mulls Death Penalty Exemption For People With Severe Mental Illness

At least seven other states are considering not allowing people with certain illness to be executed.<p>People who can prove they were affected by severe mental illness when they committed a capital crime would be exempt from the death penalty under a new Texas law introduced Tuesday.<p>Mental health …

Judiciary

Does the death penalty target people who are mentally ill? We checked.

In January, Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine black churchgoers at a prayer meeting in Charleston, S.C. Since then, some commentators have debated whether Roof should have had the right to fire his attorneys when they wished to introduce evidence of mental illness — and whether, …

Mental Disorders

Those suffering from severe mental illness need care, not a death sentence

Across the country, more and more conservative coalitions are pushing for legislation exempting the mentally ill from the death penalty. To date, …

There ought to be a death penalty exemption for the seriously mentally ill

In July 2015, as a Colorado jury debated the fate of James Holmes, a young man with schizophrenia who killed 13 people in a movie theater, I …

States Consider Barring Death Penalty for Severely Mentally Ill

Legislation in a handful of states would bar the use of the death penalty for people who experienced a serious mental illness at the time that they …

AG, advocates split on whether state allows execution of mentally ill

As death penalty opponents in South Dakota call for a ban on executing people with severe mental illness, the state's top prosecutor says protections …

A first crack at defining severe mental illness in the Code of Virginia

In Virginia, as in most states, mental illness is not enough by itself to win an accused acquittal on criminal charges, which means it is possible to …

Mental Disorders

Resources on Severe Mental Illness and Death Penalty

On December 6, 2016, the Project released a comprehensive White Paper on Severe Mental Illness and the Death Penalty. he paper provides a …

Richard Cizik: An act of compassion for the mentally ill

LAST YEAR, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law wrote about the conviction and sentencing of Russell Brown, a Virginia man who had …