Texas Death Penalty Janet Heimlich reports from Austin that the state of Texas has yet to set up procedures to reduce the likelihood that a mentally retarded person will be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that such executions are unconstitutional. The Texas legislature was unable to agree on guidelines to determine which defendants in capital cases and which death row inmates fit the qualification, so it's up to judges to decide.
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Janet Heimlich reports from Austin that the state of Texas has yet to set up procedures to reduce the likelihood that a mentally retarded person will be executed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that such executions are unconstitutional. The Texas legislature was unable to agree on guidelines to determine which defendants in capital cases and which death row inmates fit the qualification, so it's up to judges to decide.