Matthew Ellis

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Indiana man sentenced to 20 years for assault charges related to 6-year-old boy’s fatal stabbing

Ronald Exantus<p>×<p>Indiana man sentenced to 20 years for assault charges related to 6-year-old boy’s fatal stabbing<p>Ronald Exantus<p>VERSAILLES, Ky.– An …

People with severe mental illness should not face death penalty

Our system of justice has long recognized that the death penalty ought to be imposed only on the “worst of the worst” individuals in society.<p>For this …

Mental Health

Hannegan introduces bill to exempt individuals with serious mental illness from the death penalty

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri House Rep. Tom Hannegan (R) introduced a bill Tuesday to exclude individuals with serious mental illness from the …

Offenders with mental illness wouldn't be subject to death penalty under S.D. bill

PIERRE — The death penalty wouldn't apply to those found to have suffered symptoms of mental illness at the time they committed a crime under a …

Death Penalty Revision to Be Heard at State Capitol

Death Penalty Revision to Be Heard at State Capitol PIERRE, S.D. – The severely mentally ill would not be executed for committing a capital crime in …

Texas to Look at What Constitutes 'Mental Illness' for Death Penalty

4 months ago<p>While Texas still has the death penalty, it's handed out less often, and today an interim legislative committee will be considering a …

Severely mentally ill should not face death penalty for crimes

As a former federal prosecutor in East Tennessee, a federal magistrate judge and a current criminal defense practitioner, over the past 50 years I …

Exclude mentally ill vets from death penalty

Over the past half-century, 60,000 Americans have been killed in our wars with another 200,000 wounded, requiring hospitalization. What is not so …

Mental Health

Ohio lawmakers should keep the seriously mentally ill off Death Row: editorial

The Ohio General Assembly should pass a bipartisan bill forbidding Ohio to give a death sentence to someone convicted of aggravated murder - but also …

Mental Disorders

Stop Executing the Severely Mentally Ill - Bacon's Rebellion

Dale Brumfield<p><i>by Dale M. Brumfield</i><p>While Governor Terry McAuliffe’s commutation of the death penalty to life in prison for the mentally ill William …

Mental Health

Can the Supreme Court Continue to Live with Our Arbitrary and Capricious Death Penalty?

Rudolph J. Gerber has never forgotten where he was when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty over 45 years ago. He was a new lawyer …

Cabezas and Thissen: Death Penalty for Mentally Ill Defendants?

In recent years, policymakers have begun taking important steps in addressing how our criminal justice system approaches individuals with mental …

Stop Executing The Mentally Ill

“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die” (Proverbs 24:11-12).<p>Although our criminal justice system is supposed to protect the rights of the …

No solace in executing mentally ill killers

As a family member who has suffered the death of a loved one to homicide, I support legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that would exclude …

YOURS: Death row no place for mentally ill

The Catholic Church celebrated “Respect Life Month” in October. Building a culture of life goes beyond this one month a year, or specific events or …

Cruel and Unusual

On the inaugural episode of <i>More Perfect</i>, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” America has long wrestled with this concept in the context of our strongest punishment, the death penalty. A majority of “we the people” (61 percent, …

Faulty assumptions linking mental illness to violence is the wrong approach

Sadly, what has become an all-too-familiar heartbreaking tragedy has occurred yet again: another mass shooting. As the details unfold hour-by-hour in …

Arkansas court temporarily halts execution of inmate lawyers say is mentally ill

<b>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --</b> Arkansas' highest court on Tuesday halted this week's planned execution of an inmate who is severely mentally ill according to …

Editorial: Spare people with severe mental illness

American courts long have held that the death penalty is unjust for people who weren’t adults or were developmentally disabled when they committed …

ACLU wants Idaho to restrict death penalty - Wed, 18 Oct 2017 PST

A University of Idaho law professor and a group of advocates want to see Idaho pass rules that would prevent the mentally ill and juveniles from …

Letter: Protect the mentally ill from death penalty

We were very pleased to read the op-ed by Paula Caplan, “Executions of intellectually disabled continue,” which brings attention to the important …

Effective defence

PEOPLE with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable defendants in the criminal justice system. They are at risk of being wrongfully …

“It Is So Loud Inside My Head”

The words of a mentally ill man the state of Arkansas hopes to execute on November 9th<p>“It is so loud inside my head. It feels like electrical …

Lawyers, Doctors Ask Arkansas Governor To Stop Pending Execution

Mental health professionals, Bar Association ask governor for mercy for Jack Greene

Twenty-eight mental health professionals have written Gov. Asa Hutchinson for mercy for <b>Jack Greene</b>, scheduled to be killed by the state Nov. 9 for …

ABA letter expresses concern about execution of death-row inmate with mental-illness history

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• ABA letter expresses concern about execution…<p>Death Penalty<p>Corridor in an abandoned penitentiary. Shutterstock photo.<p>The ABA is …

Experts' letter a bid to save life of Arkansas death-row inmate

A cadre of mental-health professionals, including 24 who practice in Arkansas, signed a letter delivered to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday, …

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 Health

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 …