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Panetti v. Quarterman

Docket No.: 06-6407
Certiorari Granted: Jan 5 2007
Argued: April 18, 2007
Decided: June 28, 2007

Topics:

Eighth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Bill of Rights, capital murder, Death Penalty, Due Process, EPA, habeas, habeas corpus, murder

PartyNames: PANETTI v. QUARTERMAN, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION
Petitioner: Scott Louis Panetti
Respondent: Nathaniel Quarterman, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Scott Louis Panetti
v.
Nathaniel Quarterman, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division
551 U.S. 930 (2007)
Question Presented:

Does the Eighth Amendment permit the execution of a death row inmate who has a factual awareness of the reason for his execution but who, because of severe mental illness, has a delusional belief as to why the state is executing him, and thus does not appreciate that his execution is intended to seek retribution for his capital crime?

Question:

Does the Eighth Amendment permit the execution of an inmate who has a factual awareness of the State's stated reason for his execution, but who lacks, due to mental illness, a rational understanding of the State's justification?

Note:

THE PARTIES ARE DIRECTED TO FILE SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEFS ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: MUST PETITIONER'S HABEAS APPLICATION BE DISMISSED AS "SECOND OR SUCCESSIVE" PURSUANT TO 28 U. S. C. ยง2244? EXPEDITED BRIEFING.

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
Read PANETTI V. QUARTERMAN opinion (PDF)

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