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Scott Panetti
This article concerns a Texas man named Scott Panetti who committed murder by shooting his wife’s parents. Scott Panetti was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 14 years prior to the shootings, and was set to receive a lethal injection; however, the execution was stop do to “the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledges the legal complexity of putting a mentally ill inmate to death.” The court explains that they had to sort out legal issues that are involved with mental instability.
The sentence change was further ruled as the right decisions by the Supreme Court which stated that “mentally ill people cannot be executed if they don’t have a factual and rational understanding of why they’re being punished.” This was
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Some data that could indicate some controversy, while also being extremely interesting, was that there was never an indication if he was prescribed medication to help with his condition. The article indicated that they had known he had schizophrenia about 14 years before the murders, so, to me, it doesn’t make sense that there isn’t a mention of something that could be as vital as prescribe medication. Other interesting facts that we discussed in class, but is very prevalent in the book, was the indication that schizophrenia was not a multiple personality disorder, yet in the article the state that Scott Panetti did have an “alternate personality” name Sarge that he used as his own trial lawyer. I assume this is what we talked about in class about the media having a false understanding of schizophrenia, therefore making the false claim about a schizophrenic patient having multiple personalities.
In conclusion, this article really adds some depth into what I currently understood about schizophrenia in concerns to the legal procedures that can occur in a trail of one that is mentally unsound. I honestly didn’t know that one could be withheld from an execution if they were deemed to mentally ill. It’s a very interesting subject, which I
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