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Intellectual Disability


United States Supreme Court


Jul 08, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Three Cases on Scope of Protections Against Executing the Intellectually Disabled

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to step in to resolve fes­ter­ing dis­putes about the scope of the pro­tec­tions its pri­or rul­ings afford to intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled death-row pris­on­ers. On July 2, 2020, the Court denied peti­tions to review three such cas­es, allow­ing death sen­tences in Alabama and Tennessee to stand despite the appli­ca­tion of uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly restric­tive stan­dards in assess­ing a prisoner’s intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty, while rebuff­ing Oklahomas efforts to undo a low­er court rul­ing that had applied the Court’s deci­sions to declare an intel­lec­tu­al­ly dis­abled pris­on­er inel­i­gi­ble for the death penalty.