Sunday, December 8, 2013

Freddie L. Hall: (Texas); Lawyer representing several death row inmates speculates that the Supreme Court decision in the Hall case, "could result in a more scientifically sound set of standards" for evaluating intellectual disability in death penalty cases which has the potential of bringing states like Texas back in line. Reporter Brandi Grissom; Texas Tribune.

STORY: "Court may clarify rule on impairment, death penalty," by reporter Brandi Grissom, published by the Texas Tribune on November 22, 2013.

GIST:  "The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear the case of Freddie L. Hall, who was sentenced to death for the 1978 rape and murder of a pregnant woman and the fatal shooting of a police officer. Oral arguments are expected in the spring. Hall’s lawyers assert that his low IQ, his deficits in adaptive behavior and a history of a lack of intellectual ability render him ineligible for execution. The high court is expected to decide whether Florida’s criteria for evaluating intellectual disability in death penalty cases — similar to those Texas uses — are adequate......... Maurie Levin, a lawyer who represents several Texas death row inmates, said the Supreme Court’s decision could result in a more scientifically sound set of standards. “The acknowledgment or possibility that they will articulate a need for a respect for scientific principles has the potential for bringing states like Texas back in line,” Levin said. For prosecutors, Edmonds said, guidance from the high court would help them confront cases involving mental health in which the science used to assess conditions is constantly changing."

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