I got a request to try to save the life of a prisoner on death row. See below and in the attached letter for an understanding of what is being sought. Let me know if you have any suggestions as to what can be done,
Thank you for agreeing to help with this case, Max.
I’m a professor of psychology at
If you have time at the moment, would you take a careful look at the letter Paul sent me, and see if you would be able to give me some advice about how to proceed with his two requests?
One possibility is to recommend someone for me or Paul to consult. An extensive psychiatric evaluation has already been conducted, and I have the full reports and I have permission to pass them along, as necessary. My interpretation is that at the very least, Billy Irick led a very sad, traumatic, and troubled childhood and life, has a very troubled mind, was almost certainly profoundly mentally ill at the time of the crime, and should not be held fully responsible for his misdeeds.
Paul is hoping that we can find someone, or the best someone, with professional stature, and knowledge of mental illness and its relevance in DP litigation, who would be willing to look over that report, and write a letter commenting upon the inappropriateness of executing someone with this degree and duration of mental illness and challenges. They have support within the capital litigation community in
Would you be able to help in this capacity? Any thoughts or suggestions? Any contacts you’d recommend? Would you like to see the evaluation?
I would value any help and input you can provide.
I am giving you permission to distribute this email and Paul’s attached letter, as necessary, and I would be happy to send along the related mental health reports as well. Just let me know what you need.
Thank for your help.
Professor of Psychology
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