WASHINGTON, DC – Okay, stop and think about this for a second. How many times have we heard that someone is “mentally disabled” during a death row case… a lot.
Now death row inmates looking to get away with murder, might need a better defense than that.
The U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling to limit capital punishment by saying Florida’s I.Q. rule for death row inmates is too rigid.
Florida won’t execute anyone with an I.Q. lower than 70 because an I.Q. lower than 70 is considered retardation.
But Florida is seeking to put to death an inmate with a 71 I.Q. and the Supremes want to kill that idea!
Inmate Freddie Lee Hall, who killed a 21-year-old pregnant woman and a deputy sheriff in 1978, has tested at various times as 71, 73 and 80.
For years, Hall’s lawyers argued he should be spared because of a brutal childhood and because he’s been identified as mentally retarded since he was a young boy.
Now- the decision will affect a handful of states with similar policies; although very few prisoners with intellectual disabilities will be granted reprieves as a result.