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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Too Old to Execute?

From SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- California's oldest death row inmate--a 75-year-old who is legally blind and nearly deaf--is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to do something it has never done before: block an execution because of the condemned man's advanced age and infirmity. Clarence Ray Allen's attorneys contend that executing a feeble old man amounts to cruel and unusual punishment banned by the U.S. Constitution. [Mark Godsey]

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