American Bar Association expresses concerns over scheduled execution next month

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — A letter to Governor Asa Hutchinson from the American Bar Association (ABA) expressed concern that death-row inmate Jack Greene may not understand why he is being put to death. The letter cites his long history of mental illness, the same argument used by Greene's defense attorneys during clemency hearings earlier this month.

Greene is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 9. His petition for executive clemency is on the desk of Hutchinson after the Arkansas Parole Board decided, by a vote of 6 to 0, to not recommend clemency because his sentence was not considered excessive and due to the nature and seriousness of the offense.

 

The letter said that the ABA's position was adopted by a 2006 resolution and affirmed by a Supreme Court ruling the next year. 

According to the letter, Greene "was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital as early as 1985, nine years before the crime". A psychiatrist and neuropsychologist have separately diagnosed Greene with psychotic disorder. A third psychologist, Dr. Garrett Andrews, diagnosed him with delusional disorder earlier this month.

The ABA continued to point out that Greene may not meet requirements set forth by Panetti v. Quarterman, 551 U.S. 930 (2007), the case linked above. The final line offers a link to the ABA's severe mental illness resource site.



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