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Mother_Marjorie
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:49 AM
Killer ordered to take meds so he can be executed
Death Row inmate picks at hair and mumbles in court

Wednesday, April 12, 2006; Posted: 1:27 p.m. EDT (17:27 GMT)

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A judge who halted an execution because the inmate was mentally ill has agreed to force the man to take anti-psychotic medication so he can be put to death.

The inmate, Steven Kenneth Staley, 43, has refused to take his medication. A jury decided he should be put to death for the killing of a Fort Worth restaurant manager during a botched robbery.

Judge Wayne Salvant issued the forced-medication order Tuesday, while Staley picked at his unruly hair and mumbled nonsensical phrases in the courtroom.

The order, requested by prosecutors, drew a sharp argument from Staley's attorney.

"The whole idea of holding somebody down and injecting them so that we can then say, with a straight face, this person is now competent so we can kill them, I think that smacks of an Orwellian-Soviet-style approach to criminal justice," Jack Strickland told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Prosecutors Chuck Mallin and Jim Gibson told the newspaper they requested the order partly so the jury's sentencing decision could be carried out.

Three days before Staley was scheduled to die in February, Salvant blocked the punishment because psychologists testified the man was incompetent.

In 1986, the Supreme Court held the Eighth Amendment's cruel and unusual punishment clause bars states from executing prisoners who aren't aware of the punishment they are about to face and don't understand why they are facing it.

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 13th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Where is Tom Cruise when you actually need him?
This is so glib.

Scotso
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:43 PM
Yet another attack on our civil liberties.

SelesFan70
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:24 PM
Why waste the tax payers money on medicine for this convicted killer? Just kill him already... :mad:

AjdeNate!
Apr 13th, 2006, 01:26 PM
I'd rather go out not in my right mind. Who needs the sober truth when you're dealing death.

griffin
Apr 13th, 2006, 02:26 PM
That is so fucked up. If he's not competant to be executed, how was he competant to stand trial? Or to be found guilty?

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Veritas
Apr 13th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Killer ordered to take meds so he can be executed
Death Row inmate picks at hair and mumbles in court

Wednesday, April 12, 2006; Posted: 1:27 p.m. EDT (17:27 GMT)

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A judge who halted an execution because the inmate was mentally ill has agreed to force the man to take anti-psychotic medication so he can be put to death.

The inmate, Steven Kenneth Staley, 43, has refused to take his medication. A jury decided he should be put to death for the killing of a Fort Worth restaurant manager during a botched robbery.

Judge Wayne Salvant issued the forced-medication order Tuesday, while Staley picked at his unruly hair and mumbled nonsensical phrases in the courtroom.

The order, requested by prosecutors, drew a sharp argument from Staley's attorney.

"The whole idea of holding somebody down and injecting them so that we can then say, with a straight face, this person is now competent so we can kill them, I think that smacks of an Orwellian-Soviet-style approach to criminal justice," Jack Strickland told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Prosecutors Chuck Mallin and Jim Gibson told the newspaper they requested the order partly so the jury's sentencing decision could be carried out.

Three days before Staley was scheduled to die in February, Salvant blocked the punishment because psychologists testified the man was incompetent.

In 1986, the Supreme Court held the Eighth Amendment's cruel and unusual punishment clause bars states from executing prisoners who aren't aware of the punishment they are about to face and don't understand why they are facing it.

The judge is deluded and the order is totalitarian-like, but calling it "Orwellian" ... :confused: :scratch:

The order's forcing the guy to take meds so the state can take advantage of a legal loophole by stepsiding the law to kill the guy. There's no need for euphemisms or doublespeak to understand what's going on.