USA: 'The State would urge the Court to find that the defendant is competent': Texas pursuing execution of inmate suffering from mental illness

USA: 'The State would urge the Court to find that the defendant is competent': Texas pursuing execution of inmate suffering from mental illness

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Index Number: AMR 51/061/2010
Date Published: 13 July 2010
Categories: USA

Jonathan Marcus Green suffers from mental illness. He is also on death row in Texas. On 30 June 2010, less than four hours from his execution, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay. It did so in order to consider legal questions relating to Jonathan Green’s mental “competency to be executed”. In this document Amnesty International again calls for the abolition of the death penalty in the USA. Pending that step, the State of Texas should drop its pursuit of Jonathan Green’s execution and commute his death sentence.


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