BP #12: Death Penalty & Intellectual Disabilities

It is unethical when people use each other as means. With the death penalty some fight that people use the death penalty as a means of punishment and justice. Each person assumes the other is acting out of his or her own motives and is not just a thing to be manipulated. In this case treating others the way you want to be treated is out of the question.

This man was convicted on the grounds of fatally shooting a 72 year old man during an armed robbery at a Houston, Texas supermarket. This man’s name is Bobby J. Moore. He has been on death row since 1980. Can you imagine the horror to waking up not knowing if this is your last day on earth or not. To some convicted of such horrible crimes do not even blink, others cry day in and day out.

In this case Bobby’s lawyer is arguing that the ways to determine mental capacity are measured in stereotypical ways and is in accurate. According to his lawyer Moore was unable to determine days, months, weeks, seasons, and such from the age 13.

Texas citizens argue that Lennie from “Of Mice and Men” should not deserve the death penalty because he was mentally disabled. In this case Lennie kept a job, made, a living, and even his the death of a rabbit he had killed. Moore on the other hand could not do any of that. He could not even feed himself, repeatedly eating out of garbage cans and becoming severely ill afterwards. Even though Moore always became ill he never learned not to do that.

Many argue that Moore is not mildly intellectually disabled but severely. The golden rule deals with treating others a humans, and the way you would want to be treated. Would you want the death penalty if you were in Bobby J Moore’s shoes?


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