Scott Louis Panetti v. Nathaniel Quarterman, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division
Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Habeas Corpus, Eighth Amendment, Mental Illness
Does the Eighth Amendment permit the execution of a death row inmate who has a
factual awareness of the reason for his execution but who, because of severe
mental illness, has a delusional belief as to why the state is executing him, and thus
does not appreciate that his execution is intended to seek retribution for his capital
Must petitioner's habeas application be dismissed as "second or successive" pursuant to
28 U.S.C. section 2244?