Mentally Retarded currently on Death
KIM LIM #999030
Terrell Unit, TEXAS
Kim Lim, a foreign national, has the abilities of an 8 year-old child.
Claude Maturana, 43, has the ability of a 9 year-old child. His accomplice to the crime has been given a life sentence.
Eddie is a 28 year-old boy with an IQ of 66.
Doil Lane has an I.Q around 62-70, but the emotional development of a 8 year-old child
RAMON MARTINEZ VILLAREAL
Ramon Martinez-Villareal does suffer from mental retardation (I.Q tested at 50) and also from severe brain damage, schizophrenia and dementia.
Cycle of Death
This is not about Antonio Richardson, a convicted murderer who is scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri early Wednesday morning. I've seen no evidence to indicate that Mr. Richardson was innocent, and he seems to have fully exercised his rights of appeal. So it's not about him.
This is about us.
Antonio Richardson was part of a group of 2 boys and 2 young men who raped and murdered two young women in St. Louis in 1991. The women were sisters - Robin Kerry, 19, and Julie Kerry, 20. After being sexually attacked, they were pushed off the Chain of Rocks Bridge and into the Mississippi River, where they drowned.
If you're going to have a death penalty, this would seem to be the kind of case in which you would use it.
But Ginny Kerry, the mother of the victims, has asked the governor of Missouri, Bob Holden, to stop the execution of Mr. Richardson. He was 16 at the time of the attack. He was not a ringleader of the group. And he is so mentally handicapped he is unable to say in which state he lives.
We can rid ourselves of Mr. Richardson by sticking a needle into him, as planned, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. But I would argue with Ginny Kerry that by killing him we'll succeed only in diminishing ourselves.
Mrs. Kerry told a local television station: "I think that Antonio Richardson is responsible for what he did. But I requested clemency for him because of his youth and his diminished mental capacity."
Over the past two years only the United States, Congo and Iran have executed people for offenses committed when they were juveniles. Most of the world has moved beyond this gruesome practice.
Antonio Richardson was not only a juvenile, but brain damaged and borderline mentally retarded as well. Those are not excuses for rape and murder. But the interests of justice are sufficiently served by imprisoning Mr. Richardson for life. Killing him takes us across the border into barbarism.
Mrs. Kerry's appeal for clemency required great courage. Others in her family, including her former husband, Dr. Richard Kerry, the father of the victims, have let Governor Holden know that they want the execution to go forward. And Mrs. Kerry herself is a supporter of the death penalty. But she believes that the 2 oldest members of the group that attacked her daughters - Marlin Gray, who was 23 at the time, and Reginald Clemens, who was 20 - were the ones primarily responsible.
Mrs. Kerry told The St. Louis Post- Dispatch, "I definitely believe that they led (Richardson) into doing what he did. I know that teenagers do stupid things because they're around the wrong people."
Gray and Clemens have both been sentenced to death. The 4th member of the group was Daniel Winfrey, who was 15 at the time. He made a deal with prosecutors in return for his testimony and was sentenced to a long prison term.
The death penalty is a pathetic and pointless exercise, a sadistic cycle consisting of the wanton destruction of life in retaliation for the wanton destruction of life. We can kill Antonio Richardson, but to what end? It may, for some, satisfy a need for vengeance. But as a society, are we interested in vengeance or justice? They are not compatible.
Absurdities abound. Even as the State of Missouri is preparing for the execution of Mr. Richardson, it is considering legislation that would outlaw the execution of people who are mentally handicapped. If that were the law in Missouri today, Mr. Richardson could not be executed.
Several states have already passed similar laws. Governor Holden, a Democrat, is pro-death penalty. But a spokesman told me on Friday, "He is in favor of a ban on executing the mentally retarded."
Mr. Richardson would be the 701st person executed in the United States since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. There were some pretty bad actors in that lengthy parade. But there were also people who were too damaged mentally to know what was going on, and others who were so poorly represented they never came close to getting a fair trial. And inevitably, I believe, there were people in that parade of death who were innocent.
Governor Holden has until tomorrow night to decide whether to intervene in the execution of Antonio Richardson.
(source: Op-Ed., Bob Herbert, New York Times)
After 17 years on Death Row in Illinois, Porter has been released. He did confess the crime because of his incapacity to understand his rights. Porter is a profound mentally retarded. He is free, now!
EARL WASHINGTON Jr
Earl Washington, 40, who has the ability of a 10 year-old child, has been sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit. When arrested, he did not only said that he was guilty for this murder, but did accept the responsibility of 4 other crimes. After DNA tests, he has been cleared from the crime he has been convicted for. Governor Gilmore, from Virginia, did offer him his "pardon" -but for sure NO freedom! Earl Washington had to wait until the beginning of year 2001 to be released from custody!
For more details about one of Virginia biggest's shame, go to: www.vadp.org/news.htm
States where a possible bill banning the execution of mentally retarded have been submitted. A national debate.