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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Supreme Court Rejects Florida’s Death-Penalty IQ Cutoff

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s strict IQ cutoff for determining a convicted criminal’s eligibility for the death penalty. In a 5-4 ruling that affects other states as well, the court concluded that Florida’s rigid IQ threshold of 70 “disregards established medical practice” and […]

May 27, 2014

High Court Limits Death Penalty In Cases Of Intellectual Disability

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court put a new and slightly expanded limit on the death penalty Tuesday, ruling that defendants whose IQ scores are near 70 should be spared because of their “intellectual disability.” In a 5-4 decision, the court rejected the “rigid rule” set by Florida and several […]

May 27, 2014

Supreme Court Scrutinizes Florida’s Death Penalty Law

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Florida’s death penalty came under fire from a key Supreme Court justice Monday, as a divided court confronted the role of low IQ scores in exempting convicted murderers from execution. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s frequent swing vote, joined more liberal justices in questioning Florida’s rigid IQ […]

March 3, 2014