No one denies that John Errol Ferguson is insane. Ferguson's been having psychotic visions for more than four decades, and for years has firmly believed that he's the "Prince of God" who will ascend directly to the right hand of God when he dies. The last judge to consider his case conceded that he's a "diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic" who truly believes he's Jesus.
The Florida Supremes, considering a decision by Circuit Judge David Glant to uphold an death warrant signed by Gov. Rick Scott, found "competent, substantial evidence" that Ferguson understands why he's going to be executed.
"He has a long-standing, severe illness which will most likely require long-term inpatient hospitalization. This man is dangerous and cannot be released under any circumstances.
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Even Glant, the judge who considered Ferguson's last appeal, acknowledges that the guy is whacked out of his mind and legitimately believes he is the "Prince of God." But that's not reason enough to halt his execution, the judge ruled.