Him and him... but not him
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 14 years ago that mentally disabled people could not be executed, but allowed states to decide how to define whether a person convicted of a crime punishable with death was of sound mind.
The rule used to decide on death sentences in Texas -- based on the character Lennie in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men -- is set to be tested in the U.S. Supreme Court by lawyers representing Bobby James Moore, who was convicted of shooting a convenience store clerk in a 1980 robbery attempt.
Here in Texas we interpreted that ridiculous ruling as tightly as possible in order to nullify it. Why? Because it's fucking stupid, that's why. Saying somebody gets a pass on murder because they're a retard is, well... retarded. The death penalty serves two purposes. The first, obviously, is the deterrent factor: kill somebody and the state kills you back. Even the densest person can figure out the math behind that principle.
The second reason for capital punishment, however, is arguably even more important: it prevents that person from further contaminating the gene pool. How much less fit is a retarded
murderer? So we just lock him up for fifty years in order to salve the conscience of people too weak-willed to push the button on a 'tard? Really? That's not logic or justice, that's emotional pandering.
If you shoot a shopkeeper in the head with a shotgun during a burglary, you're a murderer. If you have to use your toes to count to twenty, that's your problem. It doesn't change the fact that you JUST FUCKING MURDERED SOMEONE.
If we are going to let the 'tards move freely about in our society and attempt to be full participants, then they MUST be subject to the same laws as everyone else. Exceptions -- even one exception -- creates a special class within that society. That isn't so much a legal slippery slope as it is a vertical cliff.
Hence the Texas interpretation. We don't tolerate capital crimes here, and we want it understood that nobody gets a pass, regardless of their I.Q. If you don't like it, leave Texas. We'll buy you a bus ticket.
As for SCOTUS, based upon some of their recent decisions I'd say they can go fuck themselves as well.