Dr. Bill Bauer, vice president of The J. Luce Foundation, announced today the first recipients of the foundation's Bauer Fund. "My family is delighted to inform our first three beneficiaries that we are honoring them with grants in honor and memory of our son and Grant who passed away from suicide in 2014," Bill stated.
After decades of experience with the law, I have seen too much, and what I have seen has impacted my perspective. Our inability to determine who possesses sufficient culpability to warrant a death sentence draws into question whether the death penalty can ever be constitutional under the Eighth Amendment.
The invitation is extended all around the globe to rally behind the #lotsofsocks campaign by wearing socks. To get people talking and asking questions, the organizers of WDSD recommend wearing, "not just any socks, brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, long socks, printed socks, one sock. Maybe even three socks, one for each chromosome."
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If it's unconstitutional to execute the intellectually disabled, then states shouldn't do it. They shouldn't even want to do it. People with intellectual disabilities are among our most vulnerable citizens. There is no constitutional -- and certainly no moral -- basis for allowing the intellectually disabled to be executed for actions which they may not have ever been able to fully comprehend.