Texas is about to execute a mentally retarded man - James Clark - even though the U.S. Supreme Court prohibits it. sign now

Texas is about to execute a mentally retarded man even though the U.S.
Supreme Court prohibits it.

In June of 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the execution of the mentally retarded. In Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002), the U.S.
Supreme Court announced that there is a national consensus that those who suffer from mentally retardation should be exempt from the death penalty.

Texas, apparently, refuses to be part of that national consensus. James Lee Clark is scheduled to be executed on April 27, 2004 in Hunstville, Texas even though two expert psychologists found him mentally retarded, ineligible for execution.

Mr. Clark was previously scheduled for execution on November 21, 2002, but his attorneys were able to show sufficient evidence that he may be retarded. When he was 15 years old, James Clark had a tested full scale IQ of 74. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay and ordered the original trial court to determine whether Mr. Clark was, in fact, retarded or not.

In 2003 the prosecuting attorney hired a psychological expert to examine James Clark. Soon afterward the defense attorney hired another psychological expert to examine James Clark. Both experts found that Mr. Clark is retarded, ineligible for execution. The first expert found that James Clark has an IQ of 65 with three adaptive behavior deficiencies. The defense expert found that James Clark has an IQ of 68 with several behavior deficiencies.

Unbelievably, the prosecuting attorney fired their expert and hired another expert. Not surprisingly this third "expert" found that Mr.
Clark isn't retarded. Reprehensibly, this third expert didn't even perform an examination of James Clark. He simply chatted with Mr. Clark for a couple of hours. The first two experts performed thorough standardized testing, taking 6 and 7.5 hours each.

Unbelievably, the trial judge who presided over the subsequent Atkins hearing for Mr. Clark decided that she knew better than these two experts, the only two experts who had performed thorough tests on Mr.
Clark. She found that Mr. Clark isn't retarded, and on March 3, 2003 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals accepted the trial judge's finding.

Again, and simply put, Texas is planning to execute a man who is mentally retarded.

The undersigned call on Texas Governor Rick Perry to do whatever possible to stop this injustice. Gov. Perry has the authority to have the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles investigate James Clark's case.
Gov. Petty can issue James Clark a 30-day reprieve, hopefully giving Mr. Clark's attorneys sufficient time to pursue appeals in the federal courts.

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  • 16 December 2015710. Elizabeth Ar
    Texas is WRONG to defy the U.S. Supreme court & execute a mentally retarded man. Texas should reconsider & not execute this mentally retarted person.
  • 10 December 2015709. Amy M
    The death penalty is not an equal or fair punishment for anyone let alone a person that is found mentally retarded and is protected under the Supreme Courts decision!!! "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • 03 October 2015701. Sven S
    We are all civilized humans. Civilized humans do not kill a man who is mentally retarded.
  • 25 September 2015700. Kelly R
    I support this petition
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  • 06 September 2015698. Francesca T
    STOP THE DEATH PENALITY!
  • 28 August 2015697. Stefanie C
    Texas should not have the right or the ability to decide who lives or dies.
  • 28 August 2015696. Cheriekah R
    Im so horrified...leave this boy alone to live out his life and give him a chance to recieve his right to receive the support to develop on his interlect abilites, and then maybe he will understand that he is being punished for something that is unlawful?
  • 24 August 2015695. Torill R
    I support this petition
  • 21 August 2015694. Eric H
    For the sake of humanity let this man live
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  • 02 August 2015689. Dorothy Jm
    "STOP" End all Executions in the USA/Texas
  • 20 July 2015688. Clark K
    THIS IS RIDICULUSS !!!!!!!!
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    I support this petition
  • 16 July 2015685. Sledgehammer Rosales
    retarded people who commit violent crimes should be executed, just in the same manner as people who are not retarded. They serve no purpose in life but to cause grief.
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