Lewis, 41, was convicted of arranging the deaths of her husband and stepson in October 2002 so she could collect a $250,000 (£159,365) insurance payout. The two men who carried out the murders – one of whom was her lover – received life sentences. Lewiss lawyers had argued her execution would be unconstitutional because she has a low IQ. Last night two of the three women on the nine-member court, justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to stop the execution but the court made no other comment on its order.Prosecutors said Lewis deserved the death penalty because she planned the killings in cold blood. Robert McDonnell, the Virginia governor, had refused to stop the execution because, he said, no medical professional had concluded that she was mentally retarded. Lewiss lawyers said they had new evidence that her lover Matthew Shallenberger, who later committed suicide in prison, had manipulated her.On the decisions made by the supreme court and McDonnell, Lewiss lawyer, James E Rocap said that “a good and decent person is about to lose her life because of a system that is broken”.
Authorities in Iran have accused the US and western media of double standards over the case. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in state-run media that the west had run a “heavy propaganda” campaign against the case of an Iranian woman who had been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery but failed to react with outrage over the scheduled execution of Lewis. ( US supreme court upholds Virginia womans planned execution | World news | guardian.co.uk.)
So the Insurance turned out to be the cause of death. Funny!
More and more classifications. Low IQ. Low Gene. Low esteem. Low patience. Low compassion. Low fidelity. What not.
Every criminal has twisted mind. But for death sentence ………
Right question is about possibility of reform of convict. Was there any such possibility? Was it completely ruled out?