Ga. Inmates Claiming Mental Ills Lose In Court

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http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/1003/08deathpenalty.html At least 10 Georgia death row inmates who say they are mentally retarded have lost a critical appeal. The state supreme court, by a 4 to 3 vote, upheld a 1988 law requiring death penalty defendants who claim mental retardation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt -- the highest standard possible -- that they are retarded and exempt from capital punishment. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Georgia remains the only state with such a stringent rule. Defense attorney . . .

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