06 Aug '12, 9am

Texas Will Execute Inmate With IQ of 61 on Tuesday

Texas Will Execute Inmate With IQ of 61 on Tuesday

54-year-old Marvin Wilson is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday in Texas , even though extensive testing by a neuropsychologist has found that he reads and writes at the level of a 7-year-old and has an IQ of 61. He failed the seventh grade , was socially promoted through the eighth and ninth grades and dropped out of school in the tenth; he reportedly sucked his thumb into adulthood and was unable to operate toys such as tops and marbles, writes Danielle Citron on Concurring Opinions . A Beaumont, Texas, jury sentenced Wilson to death in 1998 for the 1992 murder of Jerry Williams after an alleged fight at a gas station. The Supreme Court banned the execution of those with intellectual disabilities or mental retardation (the latter term is still used in the US) in 2002. States must follow the court’s ruling, though some discretion was left to states to adminis...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/texas-will-execute-inmate-wit...

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