Tuesday, 3 April 2007


April 2, 2007


The Court on Monday ordered additional briefing in Panetti v. Quarterman on the issue:

“Does the Eighth Amendment permit the execution of a death row inmate who has a factual awareness of the reason for his execution but who, because of severe mental illness, has a delusional belief as to why the state is executing him, and thus does not appreciate that his execution is intended to seek retribution for his capital crime?”

Panetti & Amici’s briefs are available via The Justice Project. Curiously, the Court just addressed this issue several terms ago, Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal, 523 U.S. 637 (1998),

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