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If the General Assembly in 2001 banned the execution of mentally retarded people, why is anyone who had qualified to compete in Special Olympics still on death row any way? Lawyers for Clinton Cebert Smith argued that his case had been twisted by hidden evidence, misleading testimony and inadequate representation, but a judge took Smith off death row in the 1996 death of his young daughter because he was not capable of understanding his actions ("Judge's order moves man off death row," Tuesday, Page 1A).

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Burgetta Eplin Wheeler is the associate editor of the Editorial pages, responsible for the Other Opinion page. She occasionally writes editorials. She can be reached at bwheeler@newsobserver.com or 829-4825.