Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-04-08 23:54:13 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — The execution room of Riverbend Prison has remained quiet for over a year, and the governor has postponed executions for COVID-19.
However, on Friday, the Governor’s execution delay for one convict on death row, Pervis Payne, will expire.
But now the proposed law may give Payne an opportunity to evade the execution chamber.
The Supreme Court has stated that persons with intellectual disabilities cannot be sentenced to death.
However, Payne, whose lawyer says he has an intellectual disability, is forbidden to ask the court to judge his mental abilities because he has already been sentenced.
“The current reading of the law prevented them from entering court to present allegations of intellectual disability,” said GA Hardaway, Congressman (D-Memphis).
Hardway states that his bill would change that and allow judges to declare Pain to be mentally retarded and unfit for execution.
Hardaway says he is in talks with the Attorney General’s office and the Governor’s office.
“We are cautiously optimistic that everyone will work with us until we complete the bill,” Hardaway said.
Meanwhile, Payne’s lawyer, convicted of murdering a woman and her two-year-old daughter, kept his innocence and asked the governor to suspend future executions.
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