Listen to Episode 6 of Slate’s Amicus:
In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case called Panetti v. Quarterman. It raised questions about whether a Texas murderer, Scott Panetti, was too mentally ill to be put to death.
The high court sent the case back to the Texas courts, with instructions to look more carefully into whether Panetti’s schizophrenia and delusions made him ineligible for the death penalty. The lower courts determined he was still fit for the death penalty. Panetti is set to be executed on Dec. 3.
On Episode 6 of Slate’s Amicus, we hear an excerpt from the oral argument from April 2007. Plus, Dahlia talks with Scott Panetti’s lawyer, Kathryn Kase, and the University of Virginia’s Brandon Garrett about the death penalty, mental illness, and the high court.
Please let us know what you think of Amicus, which will appear several times a month to start.
Podcast production by Tony Field.