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Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling that executing mentally retarded criminals is “cruel and unusual punishment”?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 21, 2002

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“They shouldn’t do that. If they did, they would automatically go to heaven, because they’ve never reached the age of accountability.”

“Yeah, I do, because I don’t believe they’re at the same state of mind as the average person.”

“Yeah, but I’m not a big death penalty person anyway.”

“Yes, if they’re really mentally ill.”


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