Executing The Mentally Retarded

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 38•25 Jul 17, 2002

The Supreme Court recently ruled that executing mentally retarded criminals is "cruel and unusual punishment," violating the Eighth Amendment. What do you think?

  • “My God. Now there's no holding back that group home down the street.”

    Todd Pollack –
    Lawyer

  • “That's too bad, because they're a whole lot easier to catch than regular murderers.”

    Elaine Ruffin –
    Student

  • “Whew. I'm glad I got a few in just under the wire.”

    Reginald Deshaies –
    Systems Analyst

  • “The cook who prepares the last meals at our prison is already seeing a drop-off in requests for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”

    Joey Schor –
    Prison Guard

  • “Yaaaaay! I'm not gonna be electricuded! Yaaaaay!”

    Bobby Aldrete –
    Felon

  • “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way it treats its 'tards.”

    Diane Magadan –
    Dietitian

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