John Errol Ferguson

The American Bar Association has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reexamine the case of a Florida death row inmate scheduled to be executed next week. Law scholars say the case could help clarify exactly how mentally ill someone must be to avoid being put to death.

John Errol Ferguson is set to be executed Monday for eight murders he committed in the Miami area during the 1970s. But his lawyer says Ferguson refers to himself as the “Prince of God” and believes his death will not be permanent.

'Prince Of God' Inmate Set To Be Executed

Jul 24, 2013

A Florida death row inmate is trying to get the U.S. Supreme Court to spare his life after Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant Tuesday. If taken up, the case could affect mental-fitness standards for execution and help determine whether federal courts must defer to state courts.

Florida Department of Corrections

Governor Rick Scott has signed his fifth death warrant.  It’s for a man who is convicted of killing eight people in two separate incidents.