U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on execution of mentally retarded, law affected two Huntsville death penalty cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a Florida death penalty case Monday that could set new guidelines for determining if a defendant is mentally retarded and not eligible for execution.
The court ruled in 2002 in Atkins vs. Virginia that it was unconstitutional to execute a mentally retarded defendant, a ruling that has come up in a pair of recent high-profile cases in Huntsville.
The issue before the court now is how that condition is determined…
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