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Attorneys for Scott Panetti file Emergency Motion in order to determine his competency to be executed

Today, an Emergency Motion for Hearing was filed in state court by attorneys for Scott Panetti, a severely mentally ill man scheduled for execution in Texas on December 3, 2014, asking the State withdraw or modify the execution date so that Mr. Panetti is given a meaningful opportunity to contest his competency for execution. Mr. Panetti has not had a competency hearing in nearly seven years.

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Texas Schedules Execution of Scott Panetti Despite Long History of Severe Mental Illness

Breaking: Today, a state district court announced that Texas has set a December 3, 2014 execution date for Scott Panetti, who has a fixed delusion that Satan, working through the state, is trying to kill him for preaching the Gospel. Below is a statement from Mr. Panetti’s attorney followed by background about the case and a link to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Must Prevent Execution of Scott Panetti

Attorneys for Scott Panetti, a man with severe mental illness who has spent nearly 20 years on death row in Texas, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider once again whether he is incompetent to be executed.

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5th Circuit Deems Scott Panetti Competent for Execution

This week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti is competent to be executed.  Panetti was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado.  Kerr County District Judge Stephen Ables allowed Panetti to represent himself despite his long, documented history of […]

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“Will Texas Execute a Psychotic Man?” More on the Marcus Druery Stay of Execution

“Will Texas execute a psychotic man?” That’s the question posed by Andrew Cohen in his latest piece in The Atlantic (July 30, 2012).  Cohen is referring, of course, to Marcus Druery, who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, August 1, for the 2002 murder of Skyyler Browne in Brazos County.  The Texas Court of […]

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Marcus Druery Denied Full Competency Hearing

Earlier today, July 24, 2012, Brazos County District Court Judge J.D. Langley denied a motion to hold a full hearing on Marcus Druery’s execution competency claim. Druery is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday, August 1, despite diagnoses from the State’s own mental health professionals that he is severely psychotic. He was sentenced to death […]

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More on the Panetti Decision

StandDown Texas has posted all of the national and state-based media coverage of the Panetti decision. Go to what happens now to Scott Panetti? Well, the justices found that a lower federal appeals court had improperly interpreted Supreme Court precedent when they decided Panetti was sane enough to be executed. They said the 5th […]


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) […]