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Idaho death row inmate won’t face execution
By lmtribune.com- Rebecca Boone
Published: 02/08/2019

BOISE — Idaho officials have agreed to stop seeking to execute a man who has been in solitary confinement on death row for 30 years because he is too mentally ill to be legally put to death and doctors say he will not recover.

The agreement, approved by a federal judge on Monday, means David Leslie Card will instead serve life without parole and will be moved out of the solitary confinement housing of death row. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote in the ruling that if Card ever does regain competence, the appeals in his case may be re-opened.

Medical professionals who have examined Card over the course of the past three decades have said such an event would border on the miraculous. Card has paranoid schizophrenia but has refused to take his medications for years, and psychological experts say he is delusional and psychotic.

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