March 3, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the legal standard for assessing whether an individual is mentally retarded in order to determine that person's eligibility for the death penalty. In Hall v. Florida the court will decide "whether the Florida scheme for identifying mentally ...[read more]
October 21, 2013
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on a case addressing the legal standard for assessing whether an individual is mentally retarded in order to determine that person's eligibility for the death penalty. In Hall v. Florida the court will decide "whether the Florida scheme for identifying ...[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]
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 22, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
Two Chinese labor officials were arrested Friday after allegations broke that they failed to report the enslavement of hundreds of people, which included not only adults, but also children and the mentally retarded. A total of 359 people, with at least 12 children, were forced to work up to 20 ...[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]
January 31, 2006
by Chris Buell
As many as 10 percent of prisoners executed in the US over the past 30 years suffered from some form of mental illness, according to a report issued Tuesday by Amnesty International. In a call for legal changes in the US that would prevent executions of mentally ill inmates, Amnesty noted that ...[read more]
January 30, 2006
by Alexandria Samuel
The American Bar Association has recommended a moratorium on the Georgia death penalty after an ABA panel study identified numerous flaws in the state criminal justice system that it claimed greatly compromised the fair administration of capital punishment. The Georgia Death Penalty Assessment ...[read more]

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