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An Eye for… Uh, Never Mind.

Read, with some disbelief, on the Huffington Post:

HOUSTON — A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it. Andre Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant’s death.

While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.

Competent to stand trial? I realize in Texas that the entrance to the Death House has an “Express Check-In”, but was there any doubt, after he had killed three people, and torn their hearts out (subsequently putting them in his pocket and taking them home), that this person was batshit insane? Sure, he could have been faking – and I might have agreed – right up to the point when he tore out one of his eyes the first time. Holy crap.

I mean seriously – to quote a popular movie from the ’90s, “Game over, man! Game over!” I think the cat’s out of the bag on this one.

But I wonder how from a religious perspective you can justify executing him. He’s now without the basic requirement for biblical payback, ain’t he?

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2 thoughts on “An Eye for… Uh, Never Mind.

  1. I don’t know Flash, the question here is not ‘is he bat-shit crazy’ – I’ll agree with you there. The question is ‘does he meet the *legal* definition of insanity” – basically, does he pass the M’Naughten Rule of recognizing that what he’s done is wrong?

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/M%27Naughten%20Rule

    And that’s something the original article doesn’t get into – there’s a comment from his defence attorney, but he’s hardly what I would call an unbiased witness. In fact, you could make the argument that if he’s eating his eye to avoid trial, then he does recognize the consequences of his actions.

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  2. According to the story, he has been tried and convicted, and is sitting on death row, so I’m thinking a legal definition of insanity is moot at this point. The question is, will they nevertheless execute a blind man with a documented history of mental illness?

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