July 31, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Paul M. Smith of Jenner & Block discusses the recent oral arguments in Hall v. Florida...In 2002, the US Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Terrica Ganzy, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights, argues that Georgia's "beyond a reasonable doubt standard" for finding mental retardation in capital offenses is a nearly insurmountable standard...The US Supreme Court has held that the Eighth Amendment' ...[read more]
August 8, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an application to stay the Texas execution of a man with in IQ of 61. Justice Antonin Scalia refused the challenge brought by Marvin Wilson who claimed that his execution is unconstitutional under the 2002 ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which prohibits the ...[read more]
July 23, 2012
by Jordan Barry
JURIST Guest Columnist Terrica Ganzy, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights, argues Warren Hill was improperly sentenced to death and that Georgia should adopt a "preponderance of evidence" standard for mentally disabled claims in capital offense cases...Ten years ago, the US ...[read more]
June 1, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
The US Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases on Monday. In Bobby v. Bies, the Court ruled unanimously that a post-conviction hearing to determine the mental competency of a capital defendant convicted before the Court's 2002 ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which prohibits the execution of... ...[read more]
June 1, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Bobby v. Bies, US Supreme Court, June 1, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. bobby v bies- Get more Business Documents... ...[read more]
July 10, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ordered a federal court to hold an evidentiary hearing to consider whether a man sentenced to death for murder might be mentally retarded. After Michael Wayne Hall was convicted of the 1998 killing of a 19-year-old woman, he claimed at ...[read more]
June 9, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
The Supreme Court of Virginia has ordered a new trial for death row inmate Daryl Atkins, instructing the trial court to determine whether Atkins is mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty after the 2002 US Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia declaring capital ...[read more]

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