Executing The Mentally Disabled

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 37•14 Apr 18, 2001

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing a case challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty for retarded individuals. What do you think?

  • “The notion of executing retarded people is deeply offensive. It should be called the execution of the developmentally disabled.”

    Anita Welch –
    Homemaker

  • “I'd rather see these killers executed than force the American taxpayer to spend thousands on lemon cookies and safety scissors for the next 50 years.”

    Robert Ready –
    Banker

  • “You'd think judges would be lenient, since they probably were pretty easy to catch.”

    Irfan Clarence –
    Cashier

  • “How can we execute criminals for actions they don't even fully comprehend? They just wanted to pet the pretty lady's soft hair.”

    Don Duquette –
    Truck Driver

  • “Do we really need to waste money and resources killing the retarded when sending them into a hedge maze would be just as effective?”

    Art Gordon –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Even more shocking is the fact that hundreds of these executions were carried out by a Texas governor with a 57 IQ.”

    Mindy Andersen –
    Reference Librarian