There's major concern growing that Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to move forward with executing Scott Panetti, a man with a long history of severe mental illness. It's undeniable that Panetti suffers from schizophrenia and that his mental illness is a significant disability. There is no doubt that his severe brain disease was a contributing factor to his ending up on Texas' death row.
However, I don't think we should ask Governor Perry to halt the execution Wednesday night. That's not asking for enough.