The Death Row Should Not Be Restored Without The Aid Of Medication

1453 Words Dec 16th, 2014 6 Pages
The court ruled in favor of Perry and let him remain on death row until his mental competency could be restored without the aid of medication. While it is almost certain that Perry was mentally compromised when he committed the crime, since he did not plead insanity and did not receive a mitigated sentence because of it, I will assume the court was correct in treating as if he lost his competency while on death row. Therefore, while this solution preserves justice for Perry, what about the other death row inmates, or the Perry’s five victims? A death row inmate who committed a crime comparable to Perry’s is executed because he did not develop a mental illness. What do you say to him? “Sorry, but that Perry guy has become insane, he does not know that we are going to kill him, so he gets to stick around. Oh, by the way here is your last meal.” What about the families of the five people Perry slaughtered, now they will be denied the closure that the death penalty is supposed to provide. All the extra grief to the family of the victims is caused just because of a condition Perry could not control.

Singleton v. Arkansas act as an illustration of the consequences if the state was allowed to medicate inmates to make them competent enough for execution. The circumstances of this case are almost identical to that of Perry v. Louisiana, but with one key difference. Singleton voluntarily took his medication. Charles Singleton stabbed and killed, Mary Lou York, which led to him…

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