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George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Guardian on Akmal Shaikh's mental condition

Was Akmal Shaikh's mental condition such as to warrant decreased or even no culpability? We will never know for sure. The legal system that just executed him seemed uninterested in the question; the courts refused to order, or allow, a psychiatric evaluation. (This is not, of course, to say that psychiatry is infallible.) Was there a prima facie case to be made that Shaikh had serious mental problems that warranted further investigation? Here the answer is pretty clearly yes. Check out this story from The Guardian.

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