Death Row Inmates Makes Appeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi death row inmate Howard Dean Goodin will argue Wednesday before the state's highest court that he shouldn't be executed because he is mentally disabled.

Goodin's claim of mental disability comes in a post-conviction petition, in which an inmate argues he has found new evidence, or a possible constitutional issue, that could persuade a court to order a new trial.

His petition was dismissed in 2007 by Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon.

Goodin, now 55, was convicted of capital murder in a 1999 robbery and murder of Willis Rigdon of Union. A Newton County judge found Goodin competent in 2004.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Do you really think he is representing himself? Who's mentally disable?
  • by ed Location: meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    mmm have to think about this on.. if he is representing himself then the question is one that is mentally disabled to have understanding of the crime committed but on the other hand disabled enough not to answer for the consequences of their actions.. on the other hand if a lawyer is standing in for him then the question is the same rather then filing for the sentence to be over turned because of mental depravity of understanding of the consequences of his actions..
  • by HE should have thought Location: Newton on Aug 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    He has had how long to become mentally disable. He has enough sense to appeal, so it sounds to me like he is FULLY capable of taking responsibility for his actions.
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