June 20, 2002

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of the mentally retarded was unconstitutionally cruel. The vote was 6 in favor and 3 against. The dissenters, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, disputed that there was a real or lasting consensus against executing the retarded. These Justices explained that if the states couldn’t execute the mentally retarded, how would they cull the herd of those unfit to reproduce? Neutering and spaying the retarded was now frowned upon.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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