Wednesday, May 28, 2014

High Court Rejects Florida's IQ Standard for Execution

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court moved Tuesday to provide intellectually disabled defendants greater protection from execution, ruling that Florida can't set a simple IQ score of 70 as the cutoff from capital punishment.
Writing for a court that divided 5-4, Justice Anthony Kennedy said Florida's practice disregarded modern medical standards, which consider an IQ score an imprecise measurement that shouldn't be viewed in isolation when determining an individual's intellectual ability.

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