‘Claw-hammer killer’ Wesley Ira Purkey to be second federal execution this week as Supreme Court rejects ‘dementia’ plea

“CLAW-hammer killer” Wesley Ira Purkey is set to be the second federal execution this week, after the Supreme Court rejected his lawyers’ mental illness plea. The vote to allow to put Purkey, 68 – who suffers from advancing Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and delusions – to death was 5-4 as the court’s four liberal members dissented. […]

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