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Capital Punishment Is it Just for the Mentally Retarded Thesis Statement Issuing the death penalty for the mentally retarded is an unjust punishment ILegal Stand on Capital Punishment and the Mentally Retarded ASupreme Court 1Eighth Amendment 2Consensus BStates IIDefinition of Mental Retardation AIQ Tests BAdaptive Skills COnset Before the Age of Eighteen IIIProblems with Mental Retardation and the Law AWaiving Rights BFalse Confessions CIneffective Assistance to Counsel IVCase Histories AJohn Paul Penry BEarl Washington CDaryl Atkins Cassie Zimmer Instructor Harrod Online Composition II 21 Nov 2003 Capital Punishment Is it Just for the Mentally Retarded On July 4 1776 a group of fifty-five gentlemen drafted a set of rules called the Constitution It was then as is now the law of the land that Americans live under However through the years it has been amended to allow for changes in society and the way the American people evolve in thought and virtue It is the job of the Supreme Court of the United States to interpret the Constitution and determine what exactly these amendments state Certain questions concerning the Constitution are often asked of society One of these questions is whether or not the mentally retarded should be punishable by death if they are convicted of a crime If taken into consideration the mentality the challenges they face and the abuse that is often imposed upon such persons could Americans deal with them facing the same punishment as the mentally capable Is this a callous society being lived in today or one of compassion When looking at the whole picture with a little bit of understanding and knowledge the decision is basically one of majority Issuing the death penalty for the mentally retarded is an unjust punishment Since about 1989 the Supreme Court has seriously taken into consideration whether or not the mentally retarded should be executed if found guilty of a crime Mossman
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