Lawyers for TX Man Asks Court to Spare His Life Over Low IQ

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    Lawyers for Texas Man Asks Court to Spare His Life Over Low IQ - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com
     
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    Tough call. Texas hires specialists based on their ability to return data favorable to the prosecution. The probably got the IQ as around 80-85. The defense found specialists (psychologists or psychiatrists) to test and used the lowest, presumably in the 60-65 range, to claim the convicted killer is eligible for mental incompetence defense. Without the actual documents we can only speculate about which side is most guilty of fabricating (and misrepresenting) evidence in this instance.
     
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    Legal argument aside - he held a job, had a girlfriend, drove a car, and kidnapped these kids.It should not matter what the test shows The punishment should fit the crime.
     
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    i always think of...."of mice and men"
     
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    Stupidity is not a defense.
     
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    I agree. And bones - In Mice and Men, the murder was almost an accident. That should be the standard. This guys crime was premeditated and heinous. He knew exactly what he was doing even if he sux at math.
     
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    The only problem I see is that he's still alive 12 years after the murder. I've got plenty of knives to slit his throat if Texas is out. Just give me a call.
     
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    Except for the the outliers, I think IQ tests are stupid (no pun intended). However:

    File:IQ curve.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In IQ of 60 is three standard deviations below the mean. That means that 99.7% of the population is smarter than this individual. That would certainly imply that he is beyond "dumb" and probably has some serious cognitive dysfunction. He is an outlier. On the other end of the curve is the requirement for MENSA, which requires that your IQ be above three standard deviations above the mean.

    I am not a fan of the death penalty anyways, but executing the mentally retarded seems especially wrong to me.

    The lawyer is not asking he be let off, he is just asking that he not be executed.
     
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    Inability to comprehend your actions is.
     
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    My brother in law was a criminal defense attorney.

    He always contended there would be no death penalty if the jury had to carry out the execution.

    You seem to refute that.
     

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