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07/24/2014 07:08 pm ET Updated Jul 24, 2014

More Than Half Of The People Executed In The U.S. Have A Severe Mental Illness: Study

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A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis.” Yet, because of an oddity in the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases, it is typically constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with these illnesses.

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