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Tue Aug 7, 2012, 11:41 PM

Marvin Wilson Execution: Texas Puts Man With 61 IQ To Death

Source: Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- Texas authorities executed Marvin Wilson, a 54-year-old death row inmate, on Tuesday night after his attorneys failed to convince state and federal courts that he was mentally retarded and ineligible for the death penalty under a 2002 Supreme Court ruling.

Wilson was declared dead at 6:27 p.m. local time. He cried out to his gathered family members as he expired, Texas officials said.

"Give mom a hug for me and tell her that I love her," Wilson said.

The Supreme Court late in the afternoon rejected without comment a last-ditch appeal by Wilson's lawyers, clearing the way for his death by lethal injection. The appeal cited a 2004 psychological exam that pegged Wilson's IQ at just 61. The Texas benchmark for mental retardation is an IQ of about 70 or less.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/marvin-wilson-execution-texas_n_1753968.html



Texas what the hell is wrong with you?

My God what is happening to this country.

Looking more like Hitler's Germany everyday - any excuse to kill those who are not "auserwyhlt "

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Reply Marvin Wilson Execution: Texas Puts Man With 61 IQ To Death (Original post)
Smilo Aug 2012 OP
aquart Aug 2012 #1
Tx4obama Aug 2012 #2
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #3
Skittles Aug 2012 #5
hack89 Aug 2012 #11
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #4
hollysmom Aug 2012 #6
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #18
indepat Aug 2012 #29
hollysmom Aug 2012 #34
fleur-de-lisa Aug 2012 #26
hollysmom Aug 2012 #33
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #7
Spirochete Aug 2012 #8
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #15
Moltisanti Aug 2012 #9
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #16
msanthrope Aug 2012 #21
ohiosmith Aug 2012 #22
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #23
ohiosmith Aug 2012 #25
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #27
ohiosmith Aug 2012 #28
lunatica Aug 2012 #10
CBGLuthier Aug 2012 #12
cyberswede Aug 2012 #13
CBGLuthier Aug 2012 #14
shagnasty Aug 2012 #17
msanthrope Aug 2012 #19
coalition_unwilling Aug 2012 #20
Lone_Star_Dem Aug 2012 #24
cyberswede Aug 2012 #30
Lone_Star_Dem Aug 2012 #31
lindysalsagal Aug 2012 #32
AtomicKitten Aug 2012 #35

Response to Smilo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 11:44 PM

1. Texas has always liked to kill people.

Go talk to them.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 11:52 PM

2. Please edit your subject to reflect the published headline.



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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 11:57 PM

3. Emphatic K&R. Scalia refused the stay. No surprise, since he comes

 

from the party that believes in torture as official state policy.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:29 AM

5. Scalia wouldn't care even if this man was innocent

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 07:58 AM

11. The entire Supreme Court refused the stay

It is worse than just one man not caring - they only needed four votes to stop the execution.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:18 AM

4. sad. nt

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:43 AM

6. Texas has always killed those who are low in IQ

I think the saddest one was the guy who ate his last meal, but saved the ice cream for after the execution. I think his IQ was realllllly low.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:20 PM

18. That sounds like Ricky Ray Rector (Arkansas, died 1992). Thanks a lot,

 

Bill Clinton. You just had to show how "tough" you were on crime. Amy Goodman served you personally on Democracy Now for it, but way too late to help Mr. Rector.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:32 PM

29. Dems are typically afraid they'd shit their pants if labeled soft on crime, soft on drugs,

soft on terra, or weak on national defense by a pub. That's the compelling reason the far right wing can set a national agenda that is extremely harmful to the nation and most of its inhabitants. If only Dems would man up and not be such fraidy cats.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:36 PM

34. memory bad, google good.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:16 PM

26. So how did Dubya survive? How many did he kill?

I-R-O-N-Y !!!

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:35 PM

33. I could be wrong, but I think he holds the record.

maybe Rick Perry passed him, he was governor for longer though.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:47 AM

7. Texas executes 'mentally impaired' convict

7 August 2012 Last updated at 23:52 ET
Texas executes 'mentally impaired' convict

convicted death-row inmate has been executed in Texas after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was mentally impaired.

Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead on Tuesday evening after receiving a lethal injection, officials said.

His lawyers had argued that he should have been ineligible for the death penalty because of his low IQ.

In 2002, the Supreme Court outlawed the execution of people with mental impairments.

However, the court left it to individual states to define what this meant.

More:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19174770

What a hideous shame.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 01:05 AM

8. If you're smarter than the governor

you can be executed. Since G W Bush was elected governor, one would have to be a shoehorn or cheese to be ineligible for execution.
And Perry makes him look like Stephen Hawking in comparison.

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Response to Spirochete (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 02:42 PM

15. Terrific comment, unfortunate truth!



"Reading" Lynne Cheney's history book together. Poor, poor kids.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:42 AM

9. what was his motivation to get above 70 on the IQ test they gave him? n/t

 

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Response to Moltisanti (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 02:44 PM

16. Are you insinuating that Wilson gamed the IQ test? If so, I think you

 

need to explain yourself more fully, lest you be accused of hate speech towards the intellectually disabled (pka "mentally retarded"). You have 1 hour to respond before I alert our monitors on you.

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Response to Moltisanti (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:25 PM

21. Well, a more competent process of determining who is mentally disabled

would help eliminate that problem. Psychological tests are designed to address and account for gaming of the system.

The point here is that Texas uses a standard that no other state uses--it is based on the character of Lennie Smalls. If that does not indicate to you a problem, then I will assume you are not well-read.

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Response to Moltisanti (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:01 PM

22. This post was alerted on. The jury voted 5/1 to let it stand.

At Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:48 PM an alert was sent on the following post:

what was his motivation to get above 70 on the IQ test they gave him? n/t
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=187780

REASON FOR ALERT:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)

ALERTER'S COMMENTS:

I think this post verges on hate speech toward the intellectually disabled in its insinuation (as well as slander towards the field of psychometrics) that the person in question who was executed had somehow 'cheated' on the IQ test. This post is certainly unseemly and deserve a high level of scrutiny from DU.

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Wed Aug 8, 2012, 12:59 PM, and the Jury voted 1-5 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: MIRT ought to be looking at this poster as well.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: I'm seeing doofus-speak, not hate speak.
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Actually the post seems to insinuate that he was less disabled than the news story states. Maybe that is not a real attractive comment either, but I was more jarred by the posted threat to alert.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Wilson in fact did score higher on previous tests. The poster asks a legitimate question.
Leave the post.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given

Thank you very much for participating in our Jury system, and we hope you will be able to participate again in the future.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:09 PM

23. In the interest of full transparency, I alerted on the post and I humbly

 

accept DU's verdict to let the post stand. Jurors #4 and #5 make convincing arguments for letting it stand.

Thanks, though, to Juror #1. At least I know I wasn't completely out to lunch.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:13 PM

25. Thank you for your comments. I was juror #5.

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:17 PM

27. I'm sorry I flew off the handle on the post. It just struck

 

me as really low to be attacking someone who was newly dead at the hands of the state.

When I taught English Composition many years ago, I never allowed my students to write about capital punishment or abortion for their papers, because of my desire to avoid the potential for instructor conflicts of interest in grading said papers.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:26 PM

28. No need to apologize!

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:48 AM

10. Remember Perry defending the death penalty and the audience cheering him?

They're sick.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 09:30 AM

12. Remember when LBN REQUIRED Accurate Headlines?

Two hours after alerting and still no change. DU- what the hell is wrong with YOU?

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:11 AM

13. Locking... Now unlocked

Last edited Wed Aug 8, 2012, 02:12 PM - Edit history (1)

The thread title should be the same as the article - not an editorial comment.

On edit:
Unlocking at the OP's request, so the title can be changed.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 02:37 PM

14. Yeah, looks like the OP is getting right on that any hour now.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:08 PM

17. This is what happens

 

This is what happens in a society where members are not allowed to promulgate their species outside the family.

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Response to shagnasty (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:21 PM

19. What the hell does that mean???? nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 03:22 PM

20. +1. I thought maybe I was hallucinating on really bad acid when I read it. - n/t

 

Last edited Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:18 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:09 PM

24. I've no idea either.

Perhaps promulgate was supposed to be procreate? As to the use of species, I believe the poster may not know the actual meaning of the word?

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 04:40 PM

30. Maybe they meant "propagate?"

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #30)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 05:43 PM

31. Or "proliferate" even?

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:24 PM

32. Big shocker in Texas death penalty case: He was black.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/169243/updated-texas-executes-man-iq-61#

The question always remains, would this man have been given more compassion had he been white?

Texas and the entire south has a long history of unfairly prosecuting blacks.

I'm surprised the NAACP or some other civil rights group didn't get this into the national discourse before he was executed.

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Response to Smilo (Original post)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 06:37 PM

35. In Texas, that IQ makes him a genius.

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