01 June 2007
Dead Man Playing With Toy Trains
In 1939, Colorado executed profoundly mentally retarded man with the mind of a five year old, who was probably innocent, Jeralyn Merritt explains at the 5280 blog. Joseph Arridy played with toy trains on death row. Now, 68 years later, a lot of people now realize that this was the wrong thing to do and are recognizing that fact. It is probably not a coincidence that this recognition follows shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded.