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Last Rights 

Convicted murderer Horace Kelly is scheduled to be put to death in less than two weeks despite a Supreme Court ban on executing the insane. Why? His lawyers failed to file his federal appeal.

Wednesday, Apr 8 1998
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Whatever the outcome, it will hinge in large part on the judge and jury’s interpretation of the 1986 Ford vs. Wainwright decision. In delivering the opinion of the Supreme Court on that case, Justice Thurgood Marshall made it clear that executing the insane is cruel, unusual and unacceptable "whether the aim is to protect the condemned from fear and pain without comfort of understanding, or to protect the dignity of society itself from the barbarity of exacting mindless vengeance."

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