It’s bad enough that we keep killing innocent people, but the totally insane? That’s just not right. From the AP:
The Richmond federal appeals court has put off execution for death row inmate Percy Walton until a lower court fully addresses claims that he is mentally retarded and insane.
The ruling noted that Doctor Ruben Gur, director of the brain behavior center at the University of Pennsylvania, testified that Walton once expressed a desire to “get a Burger King” after his execution.
This guy came just three days from being put to death.
Virginians Against the Death Penalty reports that the guy keeps nothing in his cell other than a big pile of packets of salt, sugar, and pepper. He refuses to bathe. Guards call him “Horse,” short for “Crazy Horse.” He thinks that he’s invisible when he closes his eyes. He has insisted to his lawyers that he doesn’t mind being put to death, since he’ll come back to life.
Man, oh, man.