Monday, August 4, 2008
Arkansas death-row inmate Frank Williams Jr. is appealing for clemency to the State Parole Board today. He and his lawyers argue, with the Support of Human Rights Watch, that the execution of the 42-year old should not take place on September 9 because Williams has mental disabilities. Although the death penalty is part of Arkansas law, no one has actually been executed there since 2005. Two psychological experts have diagnosed Williams as having mental disabilities and Williams' lawyers emphasize that he "always struggled in classes and was held back three times before dropping out as a sophomore in high school." See story here.