Texas Governor Rick Perry did it – he executed a man who’s mentally disabled with a 61 IQ, despite the Supreme Court ruling a decade ago that executing the mentally disabled violated the 8th Amendment’s protection cruel and unusual punishment. Curiously, the same Supreme Court that ruled such executions are unconstitutional denied a last minute appeal by 54-year-old Marvin Wilson’s attorneys in one final bid to save their client’s life.
Rather than employing science and medicine to determine if an inmate is mentally disabled, the state of Texas uses John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men – basically using Lenny from the novel as a benchmark for mental retardation. Marvin Wilson didn’t mean the criteria – and now he’s dead. At least Governor Perry will have another applause line at the Republican debate should he decide to run for President again.