Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Was this guy insane, or what?

On May 18 the State of Texas executed Kelsey Patterson.

In a rare vote, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had voted 5-1 to recommend that Patterson's death sentence be commuted, or at the very least delayed. The board voted this way because of the very obvious fact that Patterson was so severely mentally ill he was not aware his execution was going to be carried out.

To get a glimpse of some of the letters Patterson wrote (published as a graphic by the Austin Chronice) go here.

To read more about this case, go here.

1 comment:

Eric said...


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