USA: Florida sets its sixth execution of the year: Michael Zack

The State of Florida is due to execute Michael Zack on 3 October 2023 for a murder committed in 1996. Twenty-seven years old at the time of the crime, he is now 54. At trial, four medical experts for the defence testified that in their opinion he had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), and severe depression. Michael Zack’s FAS diagnosis and his history of “severe cognitive and adaptive impairments” has led an expert to conclude that he “always has functioned as an individual with intellectual disability”. The US Constitution bans the execution of people with intellectual disability.

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