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Florida Supreme Court to Take Another Look at Law Against Executing Mentally Disabled

From the Miami Herald: reblogged by http://punishablebydeath.wordpress.com/ (thank You!)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court will be asked to take another look at how judges should determine if a death row inmate is mentally disabled.

The issue divided the high court this week in a 4-2 opinion upholding Freddie Lee Hall’s death sentence for murdering Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old, pregnant woman who was abducted leaving a Leesburg grocery store in 1978. A co-defendant is serving a life sentence.

Defense lawyer Eric Pinkard, who works for a state office that represents death row inmates, said Friday that he will ask for a rehearing and if that fails may take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“That is one of our options,” Pinkard said. “There are many cases where the issue is in play.”

The federal high court…

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