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John Ferguson

Man Executed Despite 'Severe' Mental Illness Pleas

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

STARKE, Fla. -- A man convicted of murdering eight people in Miami-Dade County in the late 1970s was executed Monday night at the Florida State Prison...

Mental Illness Advocates File To Halt Florida Execution

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

* Execution set for 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT By David Adams MIAMI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Florida man who has spent 35 years o...

Executing People With Serious Mental Illness Offends Our Constitution and Our Humanity

Ronald S. Honberg | Posted 09.30.2013 | Crime
Ronald S. Honberg

John Ferguson suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. In the terminology of the Supreme Court, he is "insane. Executing him, as the State plans on Monday, August 5, would violate the U.S. Constitution.

SCOTUS Denies Emergency Stay Of Mentally Ill Man's Execution

AP | TAMARA LUSH and CURT ANDERSON | Posted 12.23.2012 | Miami

STARKE, Fla. — Following a slew of conflicting court rulings, a federal appeals court Tuesday night blocked the scheduled execution of a mass ki...