U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Scott Panetti!

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of severely mentally ill death row inmate Scott Panetti and has blocked his execution. The court questioned the value of executing a person who does not comprehend why he is being put to death. You can find the opinion (written by Justice Kennedy) at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/06-6407.pdf.

You can find more information about Scott Panetti and watch a short documentary about his case on the Texas Defender Service (TDS) website: http://www.texasdefender.org/. Congratulations to Andrea Keilan and everyone at TDS on this important ruling.