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How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed?


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JL
- 429 days ago - motherjones.com
The voices told Andre Thomas to gouge out his eyes. But even that hasn't convinced the state of Texas to reconsider his death sentence.



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Carol D. (98)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 1:25 pm
Its pretty obvious the mans insane and should just have been detained in a psychiatric prison

Noted Thanks
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:38 pm
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Mitchell D. (123)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:00 pm
Sorry folks, sorry Kit, but this is Texas! And, in Texas, you can't argue with....
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:12 pm
You're right Mitchell, Texas's punitive system has earned a reputation for sure! You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last week.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:02 pm
He needs help
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:07 pm
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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (264)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 9:30 pm
I HATE THE DEATH PENALTY THIS MAN NEEDS HELP AS WHAT HE IS DOING TO HIMSELF IS SELF HARM TY JLA
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:00 pm
You are welcome Rose. This might be a candidate for a Care2 petition to the Governor for waiving the death penalty or the like. You cannot currently send a star to Rose because you have done so within the last week.
 

Giana Peranio Paz (367)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 11:19 pm
Really insane and should be in a psychiatric ward not on death row...
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:17 am
the sad tricky world of mental illness and crime.

crime is when you know what you are doing.
insanity is insanty. nothing in control, of awarness of what is being done is wrong.
 

JL A. (269)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:13 am
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Bruno Moreira (61)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:36 am
damn thats crazy
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:42 pm
If anything he should be in a mental institution, not on death row.
 

donald Baumgartner (3)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 3:47 pm
ABOLISH the Death Penalty!!!!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:36 pm
This man needs help!
 

Kara C. (15)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 6:28 pm
While its sad he never stood a chance the psyco shouldn't be let off for murdering two kids and their mum. He is nuts and can't control what he is doing meaning he's even more dangerous then a sane criminal. He should be killed because there is no way he could ever be safe to release and he killed two kids!
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:23 pm
I agree with the death penalty. It is the last legal recourse for getting a serial murderer to divulge where all the bodies are. This has happened far to many times for it to not be useful.

Once convicted, and the Death Penalty is looming to demise their dismal ass, they fess up everything to avoid it.

The loved ones can now give an honorable burial in their beloved's memory instead of being rotted and scavenged by the elements-strewn all over the place.

With out the Death Peanaly, these evil(to the soul) will continue to torment the families, and get great satisfaction from doing so, for the rest of their lives.

There ARE people so evil, they should be denied existance.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:45 pm
noted. Well, what a wicked story. Crazy is as crazy does.
 

JL A. (269)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:19 pm
Seems like the spectrum if opinions have been shared here from those who could be described as merciful, those who agree with SCOTUS's limits on executing the mentally ill's standards for humane and those who seek retributive justice with or without anecdotal evidence. Thank you all.
 

Billie C. (2)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:24 pm
what is better you kill him so he can't kill again and he's out of his misery. you keep him alive in a cage because he's insane and to dangerous to be near others. to me it's kinder to kill him. it's a win win for all. he can't kill again, he's not locked in a cage and he's out of whatever misery his brain put him in.
 

Lynn Squance (219)
Friday February 15, 2013, 12:25 am
I do not believe in the death penalty under any circumstances in general because one can never be truly sure that the defendant is guilty. In this case, I believe the defendant is guilty of the murders, but he is clearly insane. I think however, without his sight, he is more a danger to himself than anyone else. Also, in this case, he has tried suicide several times, so if one really wants retribution, one does not give him that which he wants..

Incarcerate him in a mental facility for the criminally insane to live out the remainder of his life. As to getting him psychiatric help, I doubt there is anything that can be done other than keeping him medicated.

I have pity for this man born into the family circumstances that he was. But he can never be allowed to be in unsupervised contact with other people. Billie C, maybe it would be better to execute him, but that is not our call to make.
 

Lisa M. (21)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:37 am
Signed, Thank You!
 

JL A. (269)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:49 am
Thanks Lynn for your compassionate and sensitive response to Billie and the reminder of the inherent problem with having a death penalty at all--the killing of the innocent. Those who are religious might even recognize such a position to be "playing God."
 

Dana H. (229)
Friday February 15, 2013, 9:16 am
This man needs to be instituionalized for life in a mental faciclity where he can no longer be a danger to himself or society. I do not believe in the death penalty because we a have a system that is made up of humans and is full of flaws, the 2 combinations can not be a good thing. I agree with Lynn that execution might be the prefrence of some however we are not the ones to make that choice.
 

Ludger W. (72)
Friday February 15, 2013, 10:11 am
done
 

Patricia H. (470)
Friday February 15, 2013, 10:52 am
signed and shared
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 4:47 am
oh so many fun comments. dare I go and say this?

people do not want to kill a dog if it kills a baby. because "it's a dog, dog dosen't know better". thus we have people scrambling to adopt and save a dog

it is not right to compare mentally insane humans to dogs. but there are people out there who do not like the idea of killing the mentally ill who murder (and the retarded, god forbid a sweet perfect, intellectual-developmental disabled person kills someone).

 

JL A. (269)
Saturday February 16, 2013, 6:13 am
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Joanna M. (69)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:08 pm
The way I see it, "crazy" nowadays is too often defined by the person's lawyer, not any true or objective grounds...
 

Charlene Rush (32)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:42 pm
NO CIVILIZED society, has the right to execute an insane person, or anyone for that matter.
Society, at large, is responsible for the tragic conditions that permit someone to become insane. If a person, unfortunately, is born with a deranged condition, then they should be institutionalized early in life and given every chance at a 'normal' life, whatever that is. The fact that this wasn't recognized earlier, in a 'black mark' on the U.S.A.
Perhaps, that's the reason some people like the death penalty. This way they don't need to be reminded of the failure of our system.
The death penalty should be outlawed. Those who deserve it, will probably, find their reward in prison.
If one person, having been put to death, was later found innocent, that is _one_ too many.
Remember one thing, those who cannot afford adequate council, are the ones sentenced to death.
The wealthy never have this sentence placed upon them, due to money and power.

We waste tooooooo much time, trying to find someone to blame for every occurrence. Sometimes, the culprit is close to home.
 

Charlene Rush (32)
Monday February 18, 2013, 1:57 pm
For those of a religious persuasion, whatever happened to, 'Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord'? You will find it in Romans 12:19.
Humans are supposed to 'do no harm', not act as judge and jury.
Conceivably, it is convenient to extract the messages in the bible, that one chooses.

The death penalty is VENGEANCE, which is retaliation and/or retribution.
Who is so narcissistic, as to believe that they have this prerogative to decide?
 

JL A. (269)
Monday February 18, 2013, 3:01 pm
Thanks for pulling all the various elements together in a comprehensive statement Charlene! You cannot currently send a star to Charlene because you have done so within the last week.
 
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