Entries tagged with “Bobby James Moore

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Jun 07, 2018

Outlier” Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Bobby James Moore’s Death Sentence

In a rul­ing three dis­senters crit­i­cized as an out­lier,” and after hav­ing been rebuked by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017 for ignor­ing the med­ical con­sen­sus defin­ing intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty, a sharply divid­ed (5 – 3) Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has upheld the death sen­tence imposed on Bobby James Moore (pic­tured) 38 years ago. On June 6, 2018, the CCA ruled that Bobby Moore is not intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled under the most recent clin­i­cal def­i­n­i­tion of the dis­abil­i­ty and may be exe­cut­ed, despite a find­ing by a tri­al court judge, a concession…

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Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Nov 06, 2019

After Being Reversed Twice, Texas Appeals Court Takes Intellectually Disabled Prisoner Off Death Row

After being reversed twice by the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has resen­tenced intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled death-row pris­on­er Bobby James Moore to life in prison. In a three-page deci­sion issued on November 6, 2019, 39 years after Moore was sen­tenced to death in Houston for a 1980 mur­der dur­ing a super­mar­ket rob­bery, the CCA con­ced­ed that the U.S. Supreme Court has deter­mined that Moore … is a per­son with intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty.” Given that deter­mi­na­tion, the CCA wrote, “[t]here is noth­ing left for us to do…

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Arbitrariness

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Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Nov 30, 2018

Prominent, Diverse Voices Call for Supreme Court to Once Again Stop Bobby James Moore’s Execution

Twenty months after the Unites States Supreme Court unan­i­mous­ly struck down Texass non-sci­en­tif­ic stan­dard for eval­u­at­ing intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty in death penal­ty cas­es, the land­mark case in which it made that deci­sion is back before the Court. On December 7, 2018, the Court will con­fer­ence Moore v. Texas, to decide if it will review whether the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) once again uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly relied on lay stereo­types and non-clin­i­cal cri­te­ria in reject­ing Bobby James Moores claim that he is not sub­ject to the death penal­ty because he is intellectually…

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Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Mar 28, 2017

Supreme Court Overturns Texas’ Outlier” Standard for Determining Intellectual Disability in Capital Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has unan­i­mous­ly struck down Texas’ stan­dard for eval­u­at­ing intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty in death penal­ty cas­es, call­ing the state’s approach an out­lier” that, “[b]y design and in oper­a­tion, … create[s] an unac­cept­able risk that per­sons with intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty will be executed.”

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Intellectual Disability

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Nov 02, 2017

Texas Prosecutors Agree Bobby Moore is Intellectually Disabled, Should Be Resentenced to Life

In a Houston death-penal­ty case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and result­ed in a deci­sion over­turn­ing the Texas courts’ stan­dard for deter­min­ing Intellectual Disability in cap­i­tal cas­es, pros­e­cu­tors have con­ced­ed that Bobby James Moore (pic­tured) is him­self intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled and inel­i­gi­ble for the death penal­ty. In a brief filed November 1 in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Harris County pros­e­cu­tors agreed with Moore’s lawyers and men­tal health advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions that Moore meets the med­ical­ly estab­lished cri­te­ria for intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty and can­not be exe­cut­ed. Moore had been con­vict­ed and…

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Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Again Reverses Texas Court’s Rejection of Intellectual Disability Claim

Overturning the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for the sec­ond time, the United States Supreme Court ruled on February 19, 2019, that Texas death-row pris­on­er Bobby James Moore is intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled and may not be exe­cut­ed. In an unsigned opin­ion, the Supreme Court reversed the lat­est Texas appeals court deci­sion that would have allowed Moore’s exe­cu­tion, say­ing the state court had relied on many of the same improp­er lay stereo­types and com­mit­ted many of the same errors that had led the Justices two years ago to strike down Texas’s out­lier”…

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Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Nov 30, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Texas Intellectual Disability Case

During argu­ment November 29 in the case of Moore v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skep­ti­cism about Texas’ idio­syn­crat­ic method of decid­ing whether a cap­i­tal defen­dant has Intellectual Disability and is there­fore inel­i­gi­ble for the death penal­ty. A tri­al court, apply­ing the cri­te­ria for Intellectual Disability estab­lished by the med­ical com­mu­ni­ty, found that Bobby James Moore (pic­tured) was not sub­ject to the death penal­ty. However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeal reversed that rul­ing in 2015, say­ing that Moore did not qual­i­fy as intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled under Texas’ Briseño fac­tors”…