Scheduled to die in Arkansas: Does mental proficiency matter?

( CNN) Six of the eight men Arkansas planned to execute over an 11 -day period this month are not mentally fit for the death penalty, a report by a Harvard Law School initiative suggests.

The report by the school’s Fair Punishment Project says that between mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and “bad lawyering, ” the orders for all eight of the executions may never have been justified.

“Nobody is questioning whether people who commit some of “the worlds largest” offenses should be held accountable, ” told Rob Smith, executive director of the project, which seeks to create a fair and accountable justice system.

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