Edwin Hart Turner is an inmate on Mississippi death row suffering from a serious mental illness. According to accredited medical staff he is suffering from Borderline personality disorder and a depressive disorder, which is likely to be a bipolar disorder.
At the time of the crime, Mr Turner suffered from a serious substance addiction. He was also treated with high dozes of the anti depressive drug Prozac, the drug dozes had just been increased before the two tragic robberies took place.
Looking into legal records there are assemblies of cases in which the side effects of anti depressive drugs alone, often in a scenario of changing the dozes, has caused rampage, violent acts, brutal murders and school shootings. It is also well known that the effects of prozac, as well as Mr. Turner's diagnosis, become worsen by substance abuse, such as drugs and alcohol.
This important factor was not given a key role during trial, which make it highly questionable if Mr. Turner's legal counsel was offering his client efficient and legaly secure defense. It is obvious that Mr. Turner's attorney was lacking of fundamental knowledge about his client's mental illness and well known side effects of anti depressive drugs.
Mr. Turner also has a painful history of suicide attempts and involuntary commitments to psychiatric care on mental institutions. During his childhood Mr Turner experienced his parents' sever alcoholism and lived in an environments that is to be likened to mental torture. In his family there is a history of serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The fact that this man, right now, is awaiting execution is a disgrace to all civil society. The state of Mississippi should give this man the psychiatric care he is entitled to, and not give him the death penalty.
On January 10, 2012, Attorney General Jim Hood asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date for Mr. Hart Turner. Monday the same week (January 9, 2012) the U.S. Supreme Court refused to try Mr. Turners appeal, in which he claimed that his attorney offered inefficient legal counseling. Mr Hart Turner is likely to get an execution date any day now.
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