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Who was Ernest Johnson, the man who was executed in the US despite the fact that Pope Francis had asked for clemency for him

Who was Ernest Johnson, the man who was executed in the US despite the fact that Pope Francis had asked for clemency for him

Who was Ernest Johnson, the man who was executed in the US despite the fact that Pope Francis had asked for clemency for him

A man was executed in Missouri (EE.UU.) despite requests for clemency from his defenders, who alleged that he had an intellectual disability.

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Ernest Johnson received a lethal injection on Tuesday after the US Supreme Court refused to consider a stay of execution.

The 61-year-old man’s pleas for clemency had been endorsed by Pope Francis and two members of the US Congress.

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Johnson killed three store workers in a robbery in 1994.

Johnson’s attorneys argued that he was ineligible for the death penalty because multiple IQ tests showed that he had the mental capacity of a child and was still reading at a third-grade level.

Johnson was born with fetal alcohol syndrome after his mother drank heavily during her pregnancy.

He was also missing a fifth of his brain tissue since 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.

“Cruel and unusual punishments”

His attorneys alleged a 2002 Supreme Court ruling that the use of the death penalty against Americans with intellectual disabilities violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.”

However, the Missouri Supreme Court denied Johnson a stay of execution last year and refused to resume his case. The Republican governor of the state had also refused to block the execution of the sentence.

Elected officials, racial justice activists and religious leaders joined efforts to save Johnson’s life.

A representative of Pope Francis, who changed the teaching of the church in opposition to capital punishment in 2018, wrote last week to the governor of Missouri that he wanted to “introduce you to the simple fact of the humanity of Mr. Johnson and the sanctity of all the human life”.

But on Monday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the state “will administer justice and execute the legal sentence that Johnson received in accordance with the order of the Supreme Court of Missouri.”

Writing in support of the enforcement, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said the facts of Johnson’s actions “clearly reflect the offender’s ability to plan, strategize, calculate and plan effectively.”

Johnson had asked to be executed by firing squadBut the Missouri Supreme Court denied his request and instead he was executed by lethal injection.

In a handwritten statement prior to his death, Johnson apologized for his crimes and thanked his family, friends and attorneys for their support.

He is the first inmate to be executed in Missouri since May 2020 and the seventh to be executed in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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