The justices of the Supreme Court in the US is excavating the issue of the aged prisoners who are suffering in chronic mental insanity in the background of a convict of Alabama who is a murderer. They are considering that whether the convict should be pardoned from the death penalty as the strokes of the chronic mental disorder have washed away his memory of criminal offence.
In 1985, Vernon Madison aged 68 was imprisoned and punished with the death sentence for terribly shooting a mobile police officer.
During the argumentative hours, the magistrate perceived both statements from Madison’s attorney and Alabama that fatal experimental diminish could cease a state from executing convicts who can have no idea what was occurring with them. But it is still not clear whether the justices will decide the criteria about Madison.
On the second day of their verdict, the justices must ensure whether execution of Madison would be a violation of the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment prohibition against the brutal punishment. The ruling is due for June.
As a death penalty critic, the liberal Justice Stephen Breyer informed that there are so many aged prisoners who have been depleted on the death row for decades.
Breyer also said, “ So this will become a more common problem”.
The Supreme Court has already put limits on the major punishment for intellectually disordered convicts, as well as mentally disabled prisoners.
According to the court papers, in the recent years, Madison has struggled against the several severe strokes which gradually damaged his brain and consequently, he became a patient of dementia, as well as memory deterioration. He is a blind according to the doctor’s prescription and also unable to walk without assistance and speaks with the mumbled accent.