Death Penalty

Florida vacates Freddie Lee Hall’s death penalty sentence

Thursday, September 22, 2016The Florida Supreme Court ruled September 8 that Freddie Lee Hall is not eligible for the death penalty, concluding a long running saga that led to the Supreme Court redefining the bounds of the constitutionality of the death penalty against…

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supreme Court Considers Death Penalty Case
For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of…

US Supreme Court blocks execution of man with IQ of 67

Friday, November 6, 2015
Death Penalty Case Blocked
The Supreme Court placed a temporary hold November 3 on the execution of a man with severe intellectual disabilities, hours before the state of Missouri was set to execute him via lethal injunction. In 1995, a…

Supreme Court expands due process rights for death row inmates with disabilities

Monday, June 29, 2015
Due Process Rights Expanded
In a split 5-4 decision [PDF], the Supreme Court ruled June 18 that the state of Louisiana violated federal law when it refused to provide a death row inmate a hearing to present evidence of…

Texas executes man with 67 IQ

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
News from Texas
The state of Texas executed Robert Ladd on January 29. Ladd likely would have been ineligible for the death penalty in almost any other state due to his disabilities. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his

Supreme Court declines Warren Lee Hill death penalty appeal

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Warren Lee Hill Executed
The state of Georgia executed a man with severe intellectual disabilities January 27, after the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to deny his request to block the execution. The execution marked the fourth time that…

Supreme Court takes up death penalty case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court granted certiorari on an appeal from a death-row inmate December 5, in a case with significant implications for the due process rights of people with intellectual disabilities in capital punishment cases. The case, Brumfield

Supreme Court refuses to block controversial Georgia execution

Monday, December 15, 2014
Georgia Executes Robert Wayne Holsey
The state of Georgia executed Robert Wayne Holsey late in the evening December 9, despite his attorneys’ arguments that his intellectual disabilities made him ineligible for the death penalty. The execution came hours after the…

Appeals court blocks Texas execution of man with schizophrenia

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Panetti execution halted
Scott Panetti, dressed in a purple cowboy suit, represented himself at the jury trial for the 1992 homicide of the parents of his second wife. He applied to subpoena more than 200 witnesses – including Jesus Christ…

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