Supreme Court Allows Mentally Ill Man To Be Executed

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"Supreme Court Allows Mentally Ill Man To Be Executed"

Last night, the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution to Florida inmate John Errol Ferguson. Ferguson, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and has a history of hallucinations, believes that he is the “Prince of God,” and that his captors are preparing him for “ascension.” As ThinkProgress previously explained, it is difficult to square the justices’ decision to allow the mentally ill to be executed with their previous precedents holding that juveniles and the intellectually disabled cannot be executed because their diminished mental capacity makes it harder for them “to understand and process information, to learn from experience, to engage in logical reasoning, or to control impulses—that also make it less likely that they can process the information of the possibility of execution as a penalty and, as a result, control their conduct based upon that information.”

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