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.

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