High Court to Hear New Case on Death Penalty, Retardation

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The U.S. Supreme Court next Tuesday will hear a case that questions intellectual disabilities and the death penalty, specifically what standards states may use in determining whether a defendant convicted of murder is mentally deficient, NPR reports. In 2002, the justices barred the execution of the intellectually disabled. It left the states considerable room to decide who is "mentally retarded . . .

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