StandDown Texas Project

The StandDown Texas Project identifies and advocates best practices in the criminal justice system. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures. That is what Texas needs to do with its death penalty.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Scott Panetti Found Competent to be Executed

A federal district judge has found Scott Panetti to be competent to be executed. Judge Sam Sparks cited the high standards set by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to be found incompetent, as well as gray areas unaddressed to date by the higher court. Judge Sparks issued a stay of execution in Panetti's case, pending an appeal on the issues.

You can see the judge's order at:
http://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/announce/a04ca042ss.pdf

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