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USA: Guy LeGrande found incompetent for execution due to mental illness

, N° d'index: AMR 51/072/2008

On 27 June, 2008, a North Carolina judge found Guy Tobias LeGrande incompetent for execution due to his serious mental illness. The execution of a person who does not understand the reason for, or reality of his punishment, is unconstitutional in the USA. He has been on death row for 12 years. Amnesty International urges the North Carolina authorities to commute his death sentence and to ensure that he receives all necessary and appropriate treatment for his serious mental illness.

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