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Death Watch: Texas Set to Kill Mentally Disabled Man
Few hours remain for Supremes to step in
"...as advocates continue to cry foul. Indeed, Wilson is mentally retarded and execution of the mentally disabled is, in..."

Aug. 7, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Too Mentally Ill to Die?
Should the bar on executing mentally retarded offenders be extended to the mentally ill?
"...writ of habeas corpus, arguing that he was both mentally retarded and mentally ill, and therefore incompetent to be..."

April 1, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
"...And that is a key issue, because Chester is mentally retarded, says Orlansky, a circumstance that should make him..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?
Despite a Supreme Court ban on the execution of the mentally retarded, those prisoners remain on Texas' death row.
"...Doil Lane is mentally retarded; doctors believe his brain may have been deprived..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Capitol Chronicle
No Mercy: Perry to Decide If Texas Will Continue to Execute Mentally Retarded
"...Ellis, which would in principle ban the execution of mentally retarded defendants. The bill would allow a jury or..."

June 8, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Gigli
"...With ‘Really’" Gigli (Affleck) is hired to kidnap a mentally retarded teenager named Brian (Bartha) in order to persuade..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Red Riding: 1983
This final film in the three-part series affords a great deal of satisfaction in resolving the plot’s many mysteries.
"...a series of young girls went missing and a mentally retarded man, Michael Myshkin (Mays), was wrongfully convicted for..."

March 26, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Introducing the Dwights
Introducing the Dwights is a difficult film to watch. Ostensibly a comedy, it’s really just a collection of awkward stage performances set off by scenes of familial dysfunction.
"...ashamed to let Tim and her other son, the mentally retarded Mark (Wilson), know that they place a distant..."

July 20, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

I Am Sam
"...way, I Am Sam recounts the story of a mentally retarded man's legal fight against the system to retain..."

Jan. 25, 2002 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Capitol Chronicle
A healthy death penalty, the Jenna and Barbara bust, and the Fannie Lou Hamer Project
"...to veto a bill banning the execution of the mentally retarded -- more than 80% of Texans support such..."

June 15, 2001 News Column by Michael King

On The Lege
Development Devils
"...No one knows precisely how many mentally retarded inmates have been executed since Texas resumed the..."

April 23, 1999 News Column

Cruel and Unusual
The Supreme Court decides the death houses can do without a few more victims
"...6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, declaring the execution of mentally retarded prisoners unconstitutional, must be acknowledged as one small..."

June 28, 2002 News Column by Michael King

Executing Justice
Larry Robison, a schizophrenic killer whose parents tried to get help for their son but were turned away by state mental hospitals, is scheduled for execution on Friday.
"...today -- the number of non-prison beds for the mentally ill and mentally retarded has plummeted, from 8,000 10..."

Jan. 21, 2000 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Chief Judge: New Panel Will Be Assigned to Consider Death Row Appeal
Execution still slated for tomorrow
"...crime, but there remains doubt about whether he is mentally retarded. If so he would be barred from execution..."

June 11, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Sentence Overturned
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals narrowly sides with argument that killer is mentally retarded
"...debate over whether it is constitutionally sound to execute mentally retarded offenders. Penry's defenders argue that he has repeatedly..."

Oct. 14, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Other Sister
"...movies addressing the implications of (non-platonic) love among the mentally disabled. Somehow, though, all this laudable gusto for getting..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Death Watch: Expert Opinion
Appeal alleges Dr. Death perjured himself at killer's trial
"...Mexican national is ineligible for execution because he is mentally retarded. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that executing..."

April 4, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

No More Juvie Executions
The Supreme Court's ban on executing kids has repercussions all the way back to Austin
"...– coupled with its 2002 ban on executing the mentally retarded – may provide a final push for lawmakers..."

March 11, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Judge Edith Jones on Race, Crime, and God's Vengeance
Civil rights group files complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge
"...or arbitrariness infected their prosecutions, or that they are mentally retarded or actually innocent, are merely "red herrings." She..."

June 7, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Judge Edith Jones: Blacks and Hispanics More Violent
Complaint filed over Jones's discriminatory and biased comments
"...prosecutions, or that they are actually innocent or even mentally retarded, are merely "red herrings," according to those who..."

June 4, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
"...measure that would have banned the execution of the mentally retarded. "[A]fter many difficult and emotional days of analysis..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

On the Lege
Banning birth control; reforming Texas justice
"...perennial bill seeking to ban the execution of the mentally retarded. Ellis filed similar legislation in 1999, 2001, and..."

Dec. 3, 2004 News Column by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Keel Does McCarthy
"...how courts will decide if a capital defendant is mentally retarded. All are responses to the U.S. Supreme Court's..."

April 18, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

We're No. 1!
Texas prepares to mark its 300th contemporary execution.
"...discovered arbitrary or biased prosecutions; inadequate or incompetent defense; mentally ill or retarded defendants; reckless use of jailhouse or..."

Feb. 21, 2003 News Column by Michael King

The Least That Money Can Buy
Prison health care is caught between growing demand and shrinking resources
"...all encompassing, inescapable, and growing fast. TDCJ estimates its mentally ill population, for example, at about one-quarter of the..."

July 16, 2004 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...for your reporting on Texas' attempt to execute the mentally retarded ["Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?"..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Column

Three Executions Pending
Three more executions scheduled and under appeal
"...case of Lewis, the issue is whether he is mentally retarded, and thus ineligible for the death penalty. On..."

April 5, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Father's Day Massacre
A brief analysis of a number of Gov. Perry's vetoes
"...HB 236: Ban on Executing the Mentally Retarded..."

June 29, 2001 News Column by Michael King

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
"...care of his gargantuan, 500-pound mother (Cates) and his mentally handicapped brother Arnie (DiCaprio), not to mention his two..."

March 11, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Naked City
Rivera Execution Stayed
"...based on the unresolved question of whether Rivera is mentally retarded. Rivera was convicted for the 1993 rape and..."

Aug. 15, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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