Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mississippi: Down to the Wire

Amnesty International said in a statement today that there is "significant evidence" that Earl Wesley Berry "may have mental retardation." For that reason the organization is calling on Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to grant clemency and halt Berry's execution later today. Barbour indicated on Monday, however, that he will not do so. At the time of this posting, Berry is spending his final hours in a holding cell. His only hope appears to be intervention by the United States Supreme Court or, more particularly, Justice Antonio Scalia.

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