Texas Executes Marvin Wilson, IQ 61

August 07, 2012 at 11:21 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: Civil Rights, Criminal Injustice Series, Prisoner Rights

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Statement from Attorney for Marvin Wilson in Response to the Denial of a Stay of Execution by the U.S. Supreme Court

“We are gravely disappointed and profoundly saddened that the United States Supreme Court has refused to intervene to prevent tonight’s scheduled execution of Marvin Wilson, who has an I.Q. of 61, placing him below the first percentile of human intelligence. Ten years ago, this Court categorically barred states from executing people with mental retardation. Yet, tonight Texas will end the life of a man who was diagnosed with mental retardation by a court-appointed, board certified specialist.

“It is outrageous that the state of Texas continues to utilize unscientific guidelines, called the Briseño factors, to determine which citizens with intellectual disability are exempt from execution. The Briseño factors are not scientific tools, they are the decayed remainder of an uninformed stereotype that has been widely discredited by the nation’s leading groups on intellectual disability, including the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. That neither the courts nor state officials have stopped this execution is not only a shocking failure of a once-promising constitutional commitment, it is also a reminder that, as a society, we haven’t come quite that far in understanding how so many of those around us live with intellectual disabilities.”

-Lee Kovarsky, Attorney for Marvin Wilson, August 7, 2012

Guardian UK:

A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant has been executed after the US supreme court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to receive the death penalty.

Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state prison in Huntsville on Tuesday night. Wilson’s attorneys had argued that he should have been exempt from capital punishment because of his low IQ.

See also: In Defiance of Atkins, Texas Set to Execute Mentally Retarded Inmate

KayWhitlock 3 Like

That so many state officials would find "virtue" in this action is truly sickening.  How I wish there were ways to hold them accountable for this cold-blooded killing of a person with mental retardation - in defiance of law.   Imagine the degree of spiritual, ethical, moral bankruptcy that is reflected in this.  Imagine the relentless determination that motivated such killing, justified by such specious standards.  Imagine the degree of political will it takes to want to exercise such absolute power over life and death of the people in whose names you rule.   It is impossible to fully imagine it; it is like staring into a terrible abyss. 


The silence from too many mainstream communities of faith is shameful.

Domino14 2 Like

Why is it ok for "the law" to murder people??

trashablanca 3 Like

Funny how, the red states, who get federal welfare much more than blue states,

have higher levels of divorce, teen pregnancy, etc, also profess to being pro life,

then execute as many POC and impoverished folks than all the blue states combined.


Texas is under Xtian Sharia law, and most people who support it, don't understand it at all.