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Court mulls death penalty for killer who forgot crime

WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court justices, delving into the issue of ageing prisoners with dementia, struggled on Tuesday over whether a convicted Alabama murderer should be spared the death penalty because strokes have erased his memory of committing the crime. Vernon Madison, 68, was convicted and sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Mobile police officer in 1985. During an hour of arguments, the justices heard from both Alabama and Madison’s attorney that severe cognitive decline could preclude a state from…