Panetti v. Quarterman

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In Panetti v. Quarterman, 127 S. Ct. 2842 (2007), a 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a death penalty for a man who brutally murdered the parents of his estranged wife in front of her and her child.

The Court held that suggestions that a man had a mental illness, though already rejected by many state courts and at least one federal court, and though the mental illness was not new, might prevent him from being executed under the Eighth Amendment. The Court relied on, and extended, Ford v. Wainwright.

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