Supreme Court Hears Debate On Executing Mentally Disabled
The Supreme Court banned the execution of inmates with mental disabilities in 2002 but allowed states to determine standards for mental disabilities.By Zach Toombs | March 2, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week over how much leeway states have in determining which inmates are fit for the death penalty.
The case in question involves Freddie Lee Hall, a Florida death row inmate convicted of murder, but is raising questions about the state's policy on executing people with mental disabilities. (Via USA Today)
In 2002, the Supreme Court barred states from using the death penalty on the mentally disabled, but allowed the states to determine their own standards for mental disability. (Via CNN)