Entries tagged with “Steven Long

Policy Issues

Intellectual Disability

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United States Supreme Court

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Oct 19, 2017

Supreme Court Directs Florida to Reconsider Intellectual Disability Decision in Death Penalty Case

The United States Supreme Court has ordered the Florida Supreme Court to recon­sid­er a deci­sion that had denied a death-row pris­on­er’s claim that he was inel­i­gi­ble for the death penal­ty because he has Intellectual Disability. On October 16, the Court reversed and remand­ed the case of Tavares Wright (pic­tured, left), direct­ing the Florida courts to recon­sid­er his intel­lec­tu­al-dis­abil­i­ty claim in light of the con­sti­tu­tion­al stan­dard the Court set forth in its March 2017 deci­sion in Moore v. Texas.

Policy Issues

Intellectual Disability

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Executions Overview

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Aug 29, 2017

Texas Execution Stayed to Permit Proper Consideration of Intellectual Disability Claim

A Texas appeals court has stayed the August 30 exe­cu­tion of Steven Long (pic­tured) to pro­vide him an oppor­tu­ni­ty to lit­i­gate a claim that he is inel­i­gi­ble for the death penal­ty because of intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty. On August 21, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued the stay and remand­ed Long’s case to a Dallas County tri­al court, direct­ing the court to recon­sid­er his claim of intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s March 2017 rul­ing in Moore v. Texas. The Texas courts had pre­vi­ous­ly reject­ed Long’s intel­lec­tu­al disability…