MO: State employees kill prisoner

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The US state of Missouri has [killed] Ernest Johnson, a 61-year-old Black man convicted of a 1994 triple murder case, despite his lawyers’ arguments that overwhelming evidence showed he was intellectually disabled. The [killing], by lethal injection on Tuesday night, came after Missouri Governor Mike Parsons and the US Supreme Court declined to grant clemency sought by former officials, legislators, and Pope Francis. … His lawyers have repeatedly argued that because Johnson was born with fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, repeatedly scored within the range of intellectual disability on IQ tests and had the ‘daily living skills’ of a four-year-old, his execution would constitute ‘cruel and unusual punishments,’ which are prohibited under the US constitution.” (10/06/21)