Stop the execution of Edwin Hart Turner
  • Petitioned Mississippi Officials

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Mississippi Officials
Mississippi Parole Board
Attorney General Jim Hood
Governor Phil Bryant

Stop the execution of Edwin Hart Turner

    1. Vivi  Stålhane
    2. Petition by

      Vivi Stålhane

      Uppsala, Sweden


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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    1. Reached 250 signatures
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      Vivi  Stålhane
      Petition Organizer

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    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Coss LAFAYETTE, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the death penalty violates the dignity of the person and their right to life.

    • Jude Murphy DUBLIN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Shame on the United States of America for murdering its own citizens. This man is too mentally ill to be accountable for his actions, and even if he was, the death penalty is barbaric and disgusting.

    • Sebastiaan Janssens ZEIST, NETHERLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      The death penalty should be reserved for those very few cases of pure, deliberate and massive evil beyond any doubt that unfortunately occur in human history. Edwin Hart Turner does not fit this description. He should receive medical attention, a proper re-trial and a sentence that does justice to his troubled circumstances.

    • Mark Koenig LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      The death penalty demeans us all. It makes us all responsible. I say - not in my name. Not in my name shall individuals be killed.

      • over 2 years ago

      The death penalty is always wrong, but even proponents must admit that this is not one of the "worst of the worst". How can you say the system works if this guy gets the ultimate punishment?


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