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(Washington Post) NewsFlash Forgive them for they know not what they do: Supreme Court bans executions of mentally retarded murderers.   ( divider line
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2002-06-20 11:30:31 AM  
In other news, Texas' death row is now empty.
2002-06-20 11:30:48 AM  
Supreme Court Karma

Rehnquist is our payback for the years when rock-ribbed-Republican, party hack Earl Warren turned out to actually have a brain under his hat.
2002-06-20 11:31:06 AM  
Aren't all murderers mentally retarded?
2002-06-20 11:31:32 AM  
Went to the ballgame the other day and there was a group of about 30 "special people" sitting nearby. One of them evacuated his bladder (took a wiz) right there in his pants and sat there in the sun the whole game.

2002-06-20 11:31:53 AM  
what if you murder a retard that asks you to do it?

2002-06-20 11:32:06 AM  
MyNameIsMofuga, that photo just made me laugh so hard I'm crying.
2002-06-20 11:32:20 AM  
these pics are brutal....yet hilarious
2002-06-20 11:32:33 AM  
Is there really a huge problem with retarded murderers? Really, how many cases in the US are there of people with Downs killing others intentionally? 5?

(this next comment will sound cruel, but its a joke, so keep your 'hate' comments to yourself)

On another note: Retarded killers? Put all the retarded killers in the same room together, and see if they kill each other. If they do, it means they don't understand. IF they make friends with each other...gas the room. They are out to get us.
2002-06-20 11:32:34 AM

music to listen to while being killed by a tard
2002-06-20 11:33:21 AM  
Billbixby That figures the only funny photoshop I've ever done and it's not a photoshop thread.
2002-06-20 11:33:24 AM  

Do they have "Watch out or the insects will get you"?
2002-06-20 11:34:16 AM  
Ignorance of the law is no excuse for us, why is it for them? They obviously can't be released into society since they're a threat to the public, but the also can't killed. So basically, we're going to pay for these peoples' lifetime stay in mental wards; sounds fair.
2002-06-20 11:34:43 AM  
The definition of retarted they are using doesn't mean downs syndrom it means any mental problem that makes a person have a very low IQ. Some of these people look like normal people but have the intelligence of a four year old.
2002-06-20 11:34:44 AM  
How's your news? How's your sports? How's your murder conviction sentencing?
2002-06-20 11:35:06 AM  
retard rap
2002-06-20 11:35:13 AM  
I still think that if you want to do a death penalty, then do it properly:

Cruelly and in public!

Break them at the wheel or don't bother.
2002-06-20 11:35:14 AM  
Oh, now the Supreme Court is using opinion polls to reach its decisions. That's great. One step closer to democracy and mob rule. I fart in their general direction.
2002-06-20 11:35:45 AM  
Keep having babies, Farkers. I've heard God has a sense of humor.
2002-06-20 11:36:15 AM  
Unfortunately the WAISA IQ test if properly administered is sooooo easy to score poorly on if you want to. There is no test available that can acurately measure the mental abilities of someone with a motivation to score poorly. It would appear that facing the death penalty might just be incentive enough to tube the test. It would appear that in the future no 'smart' murderer will have to take the 'big sleep'.
2002-06-20 11:38:10 AM  
They'll still execute people who shouldn't be under this law. They'll get crappy public defendants and corky will still get put down.
2002-06-20 11:38:31 AM  
I'm sorry, but a rabid dog has to be put down. It isn't it's fault that it's sick. It doesn't know that it is hurting people, but you don't let it run around and kill, either. It sucks, but retarded people that kill are still killers, and have to be treated as such.
2002-06-20 11:39:08 AM  
I hopped into this thread planning making a comment like: "Every other civilized nation has the same ban, it's about time that America has grown up," but after reading some posts and seeing all these pics, I can't. Not that I ain't laughing, it just feels to ironic to say that.
2002-06-20 11:39:31 AM  

Oh got "At the bottom of the sea" sounds like that BIGGY smalls guy that got killed by Tupac.
2002-06-20 11:40:56 AM  
There was a guy executed in Texas with so little mental capacity that he saved leftovers from his last meal.

They executed him anyway.

Here's to those Black Robed Buffoons getting something right once in a while.
2002-06-20 11:41:19 AM  
George Bush and Josh Ashcroft rejoice because now they can go on a killing spree for DEMOCRATS!
2002-06-20 11:41:21 AM  
Why am I in blue? someone HELP!
2002-06-20 11:41:55 AM  
Bull Fark, now we just treat people even more unequally. I guess in another 20 years only white males between the ages of like 18 and 60 will be executed.
2002-06-20 11:42:09 AM  
Ok, lets use common sense for once. It states that they cannot be EXECUTED. It does not state that they will be set free into the public again. They can still spend the rest of their lives in jail, they just won't be offed immedietly.


2002-06-20 11:42:20 AM  
06-20-02 11:35:13 AM BigAl
I still think that if you want to do a death penalty, then do it properly:
Cruelly and in public!

Well, the first part of the Eighth Amendment is already suspended, why not the rest?

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
2002-06-20 11:42:39 AM  
GreenBlood in north carolina, with the rampant Appalachian inbreeding, our many tards are always killing people.
2002-06-20 11:42:51 AM  

Comparing human life to animals is crazy, unless you favor the farming of human beings in small cages for the purpose of eating.
2002-06-20 11:43:29 AM  

That would have made a great title for the link.
2002-06-20 11:43:34 AM  
PunkyBoobster: Cause your holding your breath?
2002-06-20 11:43:41 AM  
Now every ass on death row is suddenly just a wee bit mentally ill, as are all the islamic "pilots."
2002-06-20 11:44:14 AM  
2002-06-20 11:44:30 AM  
PunkyBoobster: You clicked on your profile. That's why. Click on someone elses, then refresh the thread. They're blue, aren't they?
2002-06-20 11:44:45 AM  
Comparing human life to animals is crazy, unless you favor the farming of human beings in small cages for the purpose of eating.

With some fava beans and a nice chianti????
2002-06-20 11:44:52 AM  
Evade: Once you start to get jealous of retards, you're one step closer to their same privileges.
2002-06-20 11:45:28 AM  
Why do the supremes now rule via public opinion?
2002-06-20 11:46:11 AM  
43%: Really, I'm amazed. My grade school had the only special ed program for three districts, and my Step-Uncle has downs. All of the retarded people I've known, or met, none were particularly violent. In-Breeding Strikes Again!
2002-06-20 11:46:23 AM  
It'll cost thousands to test all of those prisoners on death row for the retard gene.
2002-06-20 11:46:38 AM  

Good question. Must have been after they put Bush in office.
2002-06-20 11:47:35 AM  
Tricky Chicken: They aren't going to let people take the test after they have been charged. Obviously it would be easy to fail a test. Previous tests, such as assuming you went through school, could show levels of retardation. It is unlikely that someone is going to plot from the moment they enter school as a child to purposely fail all the tests so that twenty years or so later they can get off on a murder they have yet to plan to commit.
2002-06-20 11:47:37 AM  

Mental competency tests are, from what I understand, normally administered prior to trial.
2002-06-20 11:48:21 AM  
I think people despise retarded folk so much because they represent a mockery of life. In the "old days" if you had a goofy baby, you would drop it into the nearest well, but now that we can afford to take care of them, why not?

I secretly wish I was retarded. Watch Teletubbies instead of CNN, worrying about the magic vacuum rather than nuclear war. No stupid job or worries, just finger-painting, 24-7. Fark ya.
2002-06-20 11:50:05 AM  
Rubble: Err... every other civilized nation has COMPLETE BANS on capital punishment.
2002-06-20 11:50:31 AM  
Well finally this decision should have recieved the "obvious" tag. I am however surprised that it did not get a unanamous decision, especially since Rheinquist, Scalia, and Thomas are some of the Court's most brilliant members since the days of the Court's inception.

I'm not surprised that someone would think that trio--especially Thomas--are "some of the most brilliant members" ever of the Supreme Court would be pleased about this decision, because it would mean that he could never be subject to the death penalty. Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Marshall, Earl Warren, etc., etc., must be spinning in their graves to be compared to such lightweights.

A good decision from the Supremes, though, no thanks to the idiot trio of Rehnquist, Thomas, and Scalia.
2002-06-20 11:50:56 AM  
I was being facetious. I made up the whole thing about the retard gene.
2002-06-20 11:51:44 AM  
Thanks! but seriously, what was that Richard Gere movie where the guy was pretending to be retarded the whole time and he turned out to be the killer?? How can they really tell if your retarded? I know alot of people that could pass for retarded, trust me.
2002-06-20 11:53:17 AM  
PunkyBoobster I don't know if Gerbil Boy was in this but:

The Usual Suspects
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