Joe Bruno on the Mob – Cop Killer May Not Be Eligible for Death Penalty

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Whether you agree with the death penalty or not (I do in most cases), the situation in the article below can make a terrible precedent for a killer to scam the government into not hitting him with a lethal injection.

Cop killer Ronell Wilson was found guilty of murdering undercover NYPD Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin during a gun buy-and-bust. As is the law in NY State, killing a cop is one of the few instances when the death penalty can be applied. Wilson faces re-sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals tossed out his death sentence last summer due to prosecutorial error, which mean the prosecutors somehow screwed up during the sentencing phase of the trail.

Now, given a second bite of the apple, Wilson’s lawyers are saying Wilson is ineligible for the death sentence because he is “mentally retarded.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that it is unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded, which is generally defined as a person with an IQ below 70.

The way I see it is this: The two cops are just as dead, no matter who did the killing. And their families receive no comfort in knowing that the man who killed their kin, may or may not have been mentally retarded.

But the main issue is this: How are we going to be sure that Wilson is retarded, or is just pulling a dumb act? Chin Gigante played this same insane card for years, before he was finally exposed as a faker.

What else is problematic, is if the IQ test is accurate? Suppose one expert gives Wilson an IQ of 69, and another gives him an IQ of 70, or higher. What happens then? This is not an exact science. Mistakes can be made and two honorable people can disagree as to the question of Wilson being retarded.

Life sentence for Wilson? Or a lethal injection?

I’m not smart enough to know the answer. But I’m pretty sure I know how the families of the dead cops feel.

The article below appeared in the NY Daily News.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/09/01/2011-09-01_ronell_wilson_lawyers_say_cop_killer_likely_mentally_challenged_ineligible_for_d.html

Ronell Wilson lawyers say cop killer likely mentally challenged, ineligible for death penalty

BY John Marzulli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Thursday, September 1st 2011, 6:08 PM

Lawyers for cop killer Ronell Wilson said Thursday “there’s a good chance” he’s mentally retarded, making him ineligible for the death penalty if experts agree.

Wilson faces re-sentencing in Brooklyn Federal Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals tossed out his death sentence last summer due to prosecutorial error.

He was convicted of murdering undercover NYPD Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin in cold blood during a gun buy-and-bust.

Wilson’s lawyers in the 2007 trial suggested he was borderline retarded – an older brother nicknamed him “Spesh” for special education.

His new legal team argued that there have been at least four death penalty cases involving mentally retarded murderers in the past year which have more clearly defined how this defense strategy should be carried out.

“We need time to investigate this,” lawyer David Stern said.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that it is unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded, which is generally defined as a person with an IQ below 70.

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis declined to postpone the March 2012 date for a penalty phase in which a new jury will be selected to decide whether Wilson should die by lethal injection or get life in prison.

The judge acknowledged the government will want Wilson to undergo a mental evaluation by its own expert as well which will certainly delay the proceedings for months.

“I appreciate your desire to leave no stone unturned in your defense of Mr. Wilson …but I’m not going to delay the trial a minute longer than I have to consistent with the defendant’s constitutional rights,” Garaufis said.

Detectives Endowment Association president Michael Palladino denounced the defense tactic.

“I think it’s a charade to further delay the trial,” Palladino said.

“And I think it’s an insult to those individuals who God did not bless with an intellect,” he added.

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One Response to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Cop Killer May Not Be Eligible for Death Penalty”

  1. maimuunah Says:

    Hmmm well I don’t know what to say about that whole thing but I hope and pray that the whole thing finelly comes to closer

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