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Sep 10, 2019

Texas Executes Prisoner with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome After Federal Appeals Court Denies Stay

Texas exe­cut­ed Mark Soliz (pic­tured) on September 10, 2019, after a fed­er­al appeals court denied him a stay and dis­missed his claim that his life­long men­tal impair­ments result­ing from fetal alco­hol syn­drome should exempt him from exe­cu­tion. Soliz had sought a stay and to be resen­tenced to life with­out parole, argu­ing that his mother’s alco­hol con­sump­tion dur­ing her preg­nan­cy impaired his intel­lec­tu­al devel­op­ment in a man­ner that was the “ func­tion­al equiv­a­lent’ of con­di­tions already rec­og­nized as dis­qual­i­fy­ing exemp­tions to the death penalty.”