Circuit Judge;The delusions not “significantly different than beliefs other Christians may hold.”Submitted by go213mph on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 10:46
This article is focused on captial punishment of the mentally ill...particluarly a recent case in Florida. As an atheist, I found the statement by the circuit court judge to be oh so incredibly poignant.
Bradford County Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge David Glant agreed that Ferguson’s delusions were “genuine.” But Glant also decided the delusions were not “significantly different than beliefs other Christians may hold,” and ordered Ferguson’s execution to proceed because Florida’s standard of sanity only requires that the prisoner be aware that he will be executed.
Florida almost Executes a Paranoid Schizophrenic Whose Belief he is the Immortal Prince of God is “Relatively Normal”
On Tuesday, the state of Florida came within minutes of executing a paranoid schizophrenic man who claimed to be the “Prince of God” and thus immune to death.
John Errol Ferguson, 64, was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic while still a teenager and had been in and out of mental hospitals beginning in the late 1960s. He was convicted of murdering eight people in 1977 and 1978.
His attorneys insist that Ferguson is not competent because he believes he is the Prince of God and that he will ascend to the right hand of God and his body will return to Earth after his execution so that he can save the United States from a communist plot.