Mental retardation determination ruling [US SC]

Dora B. Schriro, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections v. Robert Douglas Smith, Supreme Court of the United States, October 17, 2005 [ruling that death row inmates do not have an automatic right to a jury trial to determine whether or not an inmate is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for execution]. Read the per curiam opinion [PDF]. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.

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