Capital Murder Cases Ignore Veterans’ Military Service And Mental Health Problems

According to the Texas Tribune (11/11, Silver), a report released Nov. 10 by the Death Penalty Information Center and called “Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty” finds that “veterans sentenced to death in Texas murder cases – and nationwide – might have escaped the punishment if juries had been told about their military service and any ensuing mental health problems.” In the report, “several examples” are cited of “veterans who have been executed or sentenced to death in Texas with little or no consideration of their mental state.”

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— “Report: Veteran Mental Health Ignored in Capital Cases,” Johnathan Silver, Texas Tribune, November 10, 2015.

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