Scott Panetti

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Stay Of Scott Panetti Execution

The stay does not permanently halt the execution of mentally ill murderer Scott Panetti; it simply puts the execution on hold until such time as the court considers and disposes of “the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter.”

Conservative Opposition to Panetti Death Penalty Intensifies

As the hours tick away towards the scheduled execution of severely mentally ill murderer Scott Panetti conservatives continue to work to stop the execution.

Conservative Leaders Ask Gov. Perry to Spare Life of Severely Mentally Ill Man

UPDATE: A federal appeals court has postponed Scott Panetti's Dec. 3 execution to consider arguments by his lawyers that he's too mentally ill to be put to death, ccording to a 5:15 p.m. report by the Wall Street Journal.

“It is clear that [Panetti] has been suffering from severe mental illness since long before he committed the offense that landed him on death row. As conservatives, we must be on guard that such an extraordinary government sanction not be used against a person who is mentally incapable of rational thought. It would be immoral for the government to take this man’s life."