Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Criminal Justice Subcommittee to protect Tennessee from unconstitutionally executing a person with an intellectual disability.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up this bill on Tuesday, March 23. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take it up on Wednesday, March 24.
(Last updated March 22, 2021. Check current bill status here.)
SB 1349/HB 1062 would redefine the term “intellectual disability” for purposes of determining eligibility for the death penalty. Individuals with intellectual disability are less able to understand their actions and circumstances, making them both less culpable and especially vulnerable to wrongful execution. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that people with intellectual disability, because of their diminished personal culpability, should not be executed. The court held that defendants with intellectual disability “may be less able to give meaningful assistance to their counsel and are typically poor witnesses, and their demeanor may create an unwarranted impression of lack of remorse for their crimes.” Urge lawmakers to protect Tennessee from unconstitutionally executing a person with an intellectual disability.
Please call or email the following Senate Judiciary Committee members and urge them to vote YES on SB 1349/HB 1062.
Individual Contact Info for Senate Judiciary Committee members:
|Sen. Jon Lundberg||District firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sen. Mike Bell||District email@example.com|
|Sen. Todd Gardenhire||District firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sen. Dawn White||District email@example.com|
|Sen. John Stevens||District firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sen. Kerry Roberts||District email@example.com|
|Sen. Sara Kyle||District firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sen. Paul Rose||District email@example.com|
|Sen. Katrina Robinson||District firstname.lastname@example.org|
Please call or email the following House Criminal Justice Subcommittee members and urge them to vote YES on SB 1349/HB 1062.
|Rep. Bill Beckemail@example.com|
|Rep. Michael Curciofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep. Clay Doggettemail@example.com|
|Rep. Andrew Farmerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep. Dan Howellemail@example.com|
|Rep. William Lamberthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep. Debra Moodyemail@example.com|
|Rep. Lowell Russellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep. Jerry Sextonemail@example.com|