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USA: Texas man due to be executed despite evidence of mental disability

Headline Title:  USA: Texas man due to be executed despite evidence of mental disability 03 August 2012 The Texas authorities should commute the death sentence of a prisoner assessed as having a mental disability but facing execution in under a week, Amnesty International said today. Marvin Wilson, a 54-year-old African American man, is due to be put to death by lethal injection on 7 August for a murder committed in 1992. A clinical neuropsychologist has concluded that he has “mental retardation”. A decade ago, in Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme Court prohibited the execution of…

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