mentally ill death row inmates

Conservative Leaders Ask Gov. Perry to Spare Life of Severely Mentally Ill Man

UPDATE: A federal appeals court has postponed Scott Panetti's Dec. 3 execution to consider arguments by his lawyers that he's too mentally ill to be put to death, ccording to a 5:15 p.m. report by the Wall Street Journal.

“It is clear that [Panetti] has been suffering from severe mental illness since long before he committed the offense that landed him on death row. As conservatives, we must be on guard that such an extraordinary government sanction not be used against a person who is mentally incapable of rational thought. It would be immoral for the government to take this man’s life."