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Monday, February 1, 1999

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  • An Interview with Death Row Inmate Shawn Sellers

    If the U.S. Supreme Court does not intervene on his behalf in the next two days, Sean Sellers will become the first person in 40 years to be executed in the United States for a crime committed when he was 16 years old. Sellers, who is now 29 years old, has been on death row since 1985, when he was sentenced to die for killing three people–Robert Bower, a store owner, his mother and his stepfather. He has said that he shot all three to death as part of a satanic ritual.

  • Interview with Dr. Dorothy Lewis

    Defenders of Sean Sellers say that he suffered from multiple personality disorder as a result of severe child abuse. This ailment was not mentioned at his trial because he had not yet been diagnosed, but his lawyers did raise it later during appeal. And although one of the last courts to which he appealed admitted that his mental condition should be taken into account in his case, the judges ruled that they could not give him relief, and said that it was up to the state to grant him clemency.