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    •  Heh, I was going to say somehting like this. (7+ / 0-)

      It's amazing how some things are just so obvious that several people will make essentially the same comment at the same time.

      You'd think Texas could show more compassion for the mentally challenged, especially as they keep electing such individuals to the governor's mansion.

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:51:00 PM PST

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      •  Those governors you refer to.. (1+ / 0-)
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        don't want to risk the competition.

        A winning campaign? You didn't build that...

        by SilentBrook on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:42:27 AM PST

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      •  The average IQ (0+ / 0-)

        of death row inmates is in the 80s, lower than the ordinary average.  And with that as an average, we can assume that a number of death row inmates are mentally retarded and that this was never used as mitigation in their cases.  

        An interesting book: Conviction, by Richard North Patterson. It's a novel about death penalty law in California. Patterson is a lawyer and his research is always good. The novel includes a fictional Supreme Court which includes fictional versions of Scalia and Ginsberg.

        Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

        by ramara on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:45:01 AM PST

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