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Panetti v. Quarterman, Opinion No. 06-6407
Summary By: Norton T. Gappy
The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution provide procedural guarantees that allow a prisoner the opportunity to prove mental incompetence.
The Court held 5-4, opinion by Kennedy, dissent by Thomas, joined by Alito, Scalia and Roberts that the state court failed to provide constitutionally guaranteed procedures under the Eighth and Fourteenth amendment to petitioner to show that he was incompetent for execution.
Petitioner Scott Panetti was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in a Texas state court for the murder of his wife’s mother and father. Petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (District
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