January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Indiana state senator Lonnie Randolph introduced Senate Bill 136 to end the death penalty in the state. The proposed legislation would repeal the state's death penalty statute and reduce the punishments of those awaiting execution to life imprisonment without parole. The bill provides that, "when ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate just hours before he was to be put to death in order to review his claim that he is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell, a 41-year-old convicted rapist and murderer, was to be 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]
April 23, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday lifted a stay of execution for Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill. The appeals court halted the execution in February to allow time to consider whether a federal court can reconsider Hill's case. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court ...[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]
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]
July 20, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The Butts County Superior Court on Thursday denied requests to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill. Hill was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. Georgia is the only state in the US that requires proof of ...[read more]
December 4, 2009
by Steve Dotterer
The State of Texas executed death row inmate Bobby Wayne Woods by lethal injection Thursday, over the objections of lawyers who argued Woods was mentally impaired and thus could not be executed under federal law. Defense lawyers argued that Woods's IQ fell below 70, a number used generally as ...[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]
August 16, 2007
by Michael Sung
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state can execute a defendant who begins to exhibit symptoms comparable with mental retardation after the age of 18. Under Tennessee's criminal code, mental retardation is defined as a condition where an individual scores 70 or below on an ...[read more]

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