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Missouri Executes Man Who Lost A Chunk Of His Brain.
Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15

Notice that gaping black spot in the lower right-hand corner? That’s the part where a piece of wood broke off a log he was working on during a sawmill accident and pierced his skull. According to his attorneys, Clayton lost 7.7 percent of his brain in that accident, or 20 percent of his frontal lobe...


Link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2i-_5pCUaY

Missouri Executes Man Who Was Missing A Chunk Of His Brain.



This is a picture of Cecil Clayton’s brain.





Notice that gaping black spot in the lower right-hand corner? That’s the part where a piece of wood broke off a log he was working on during a sawmill accident and pierced his skull. According to his attorneys, Clayton lost 7.7 percent of his brain in that accident, or 20 percent of his frontal lobe. After the accident, according to testimony from his brother, Clayton “broke up with his wife, began drinking alcohol and became impatient, unable to work and more prone to violent outbursts.” The particular part of Clayton’s brain that was damaged is the portion which governs judgment and impulse control.
Which probably explains why, in 1996, Clayton shot and killed a police officer.
On Tuesday night, after the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a motion seeking a stay of execution, the state of Missouri executed Clayton. Though the four members of the Court’s liberal bloc — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan — would have granted a stay, they only dissented publicly on the question of whether the method Missouri wished to use to execute Clayton was unconstitutional.
It is likely that Clayton is dead today because of a distinction in the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases that it hard to reconcile with those cases’ reasoning. In Atkins v. Virginia, the Court (using an antiquated term for persons with an intellectual disability) held that “death is not a suitable punishment for a mentally retarded criminal.” Atkins explained that people with intellectual disabilities “have diminished capacities to understand and process information, to communicate, to abstract from mistakes and learn from experience, to engage in logical reasoning, to control impulses, and to understand the reactions of others.”
The same reasoning could also apply to someone with severe brain damage such as Clayton, as it could apply to people with a variety of mental disorders. Yet the justices have not extended Atkins‘s logic to other disabilities that cause similarly “diminished capacities.”
Though Clayton’s attorneys did argue to the Supreme Court that he “is ineligible to be executed because of his intellectual disability,” this was a difficult argument to make because clinical definitions of intellectual disability generally provide that “[t]he onset must occur before age 18.” Clayton’s attorneys noted signs of his diminished capacity, such as the fact that he “cannot without assistance order canteen items or navigate the telephone system,” yet, as a technical matter, he does not meet this clinical definition of being intellectually disabled.
Had Clayton been born with the identical brain damage he faced later in life, Atkins may have saved his life. Because he was the victim of an horrific accident and not an accident of birth, however, he fell through a crack in the Court’s precedents.
Link. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/03/18/3635639/missouri-executes-man-missing-chunk-brain/

Oh I hate my country right now.
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Posted 3/18/15
Glad I'm in Canada where execution like this is outlawed :(

He shouldn't have been executed, they should've given him special care as, clearly, he can't think straight due to his disability. if someone is missing a chunk of their brain, be if it that the incident occurs at birth, after turning 18 or older, it should be considered a mental disability.
Posted 3/18/15
Oh boy more idioticness from the US hurray!
Posted 3/18/15
It's almost 6am so I don't wanna read that paragraph but losing such a large chunk of his frontal lobe is going to have very interesting repercussions on his behaviour and disposition. Increased aggression, impulsiveness, lack of control and maybe a complete 360 in personality. Oh wait he's dead. That's pretty unfair. How did they miss that? Everyone knows how central the frontal lobe is when it comes to higher executive functions. Should've been put on some medication to suppress what I assume would've been his newly found violent temperament.
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Although this is mental impairment, obviously, states are not going to recognize every single degree of impairment as sufficient to excuse a person from criminal punishment.

I believe this would probably be considered a degree of diminished capacity, not legal insanity or mental disability.

Still, I don't agree with the state's decision to execute this guy. Getting that much of your frontal lobe ripped out is not just 1/100 or 2/100 of your mental "deck of cards" missing. It doesn't strike me as merely a slightly diminished capacity.

Then, again, I'm no brain expert. I wonder if the expert who got called in was the one who deemed him aware of (and thus able to be held accountable for) his actions. We must also consider the weight of his crimes.
Posted 3/18/15
What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?
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severticas wrote:

What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?


Guy was a cop killer so its a ok in my book beside he was scheduled to be executed before hand
Just because you get into an accident after you kill a guy doesn't give you a free pass
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missouri-executes-cecil-clayton-missing-part-brain-n325081

First paragraph from the article
Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain.
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J-POP187 wrote:


severticas wrote:

What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?


Guy was a cop killer so its a ok in my book beside he was scheduled to be executed before hand
Just because you get into an accident after you kill a guy doesn't give you a free pass
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missouri-executes-cecil-clayton-missing-part-brain-n325081

First paragraph from the article
Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain.


I guess I believe the weight of the crime itself should not completely dictate whether or not someone should be executed. I take more of a 'totality of circumstances' approach. It's easy to see what each side sees but this is the sort of issue for which there is really no middle ground or compromise.
Posted 3/18/15

J-POP187 wrote:


severticas wrote:

What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?


Guy was a cop killer so its a ok in my book beside he was scheduled to be executed before hand
Just because you get into an accident after you kill a guy doesn't give you a free pass
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missouri-executes-cecil-clayton-missing-part-brain-n325081

First paragraph from the article
Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain.


He have the injury before that even happen
Posted 3/18/15

J-POP187 wrote:


severticas wrote:

What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?


Guy was a cop killer so its a ok in my book beside he was scheduled to be executed before hand
Just because you get into an accident after you kill a guy doesn't give you a free pass
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missouri-executes-cecil-clayton-missing-part-brain-n325081

First paragraph from the article
Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain.


Did't you read this part ?

The particular part of Clayton’s brain that was damaged is the portion which governs judgment and impulse control.
Which probably explains why, in 1996, Clayton shot and killed a police officer.
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Posted 3/18/15
Frontal lobe huh?
So he was like this guy:


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Posted 3/18/15
Just as well. I don't want him trying to eat a part of my brain to replenish his own. (For those who can't tell, I am joking. I also don't care if you find it funny or not)
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J-POP187 wrote:


severticas wrote:

What did he do? If he was due to be excecuted before hand then it's ehem okay??

If they include accidents in the future, i'm sure you'd have more people getting into accidents, no?


Guy was a cop killer so its a ok in my book beside he was scheduled to be executed before hand
Just because you get into an accident after you kill a guy doesn't give you a free pass
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/missouri-executes-cecil-clayton-missing-part-brain-n325081

First paragraph from the article
Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain.


The very link you provided says he lost that part of his brain more than 2 decades before he killed a cop...

Losing part of his frontal lobe damaged his sense of judgement and made him more impulsive.
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I'm from the state of Texas so I don't really give a fuck. He killed a cop, let there be an eye for an eye. If you killed someone here in Texas, you're gonna get the death penalty too.
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Your right

Clayton was convicted of murdering sheriff's deputy Chris Castetter after a domestic disturbance in 1996. His case drew extra attention because of his brain injury, the result of a 1972 sawmill accident that forced doctors to remove one-fifth of his frontal lobe. His lawyers contended the damage not only sparked a massive personality change that may have turned him into a killer, but also rendered him mentally incompetent and therefore ineligible for capital punishment.


Reread the article and now i'm a bit conflicted, if he had no impulse control he was a danger to everyone which prove fatal for the deputy so he should be punish for the crime he committed but on the other hand even through i'm pro-death it's pointless to execute him if he didn't understand why he was being executed. I really don't have an answer for this case going to need to do a bit more research and see how other countries handle dangerous unstable people. He already took one life maybe keeping him in a "don't know if this is pc" insane asylum for his remaining years may have been better. Have to think on this one.
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