‘Unconstitutional… Unconscionable’: Texas Executes Mentally Challenged Man

By The Free Thought Project Despite Eighth Amendment protections and US Supreme Court rulings, state puts Robert Ladd to death
Robert Ladd was put to death on Thursday in Texas, despite a ban on executions of mentally challenged people. (Photo: AP)
Texas executed an intellectually disabled man on Thursday, violating the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits putting mentally impaired prisoners to death as cruel and unusual punishment.
CommonDreams.org | Nadia Prupis
Robert Ladd, 57, was killed by lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1996 murder of Vicki Ann Garner. The procedure lasted 27 minutes. In any other state, Ladd would have been considered ineligible for the death penalty due to …read more

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