Florida had denied the plaintiff, convicted murderer Freddie Lee Hall, the opportunity to present evidence that he suffered from an intellectual disability because he didn’t have an IQ score of 70 or below. The Supreme Court decision does not mean that Hall automatically gets off Death Row. It merely allows his attorneys to present evidence possibly proving that he is mentally disabled.
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High Court Nixes Fla. Standard for Death Row IQ Exemption
- Saturday, May 31 2014
- Big Law
- Written by PLP News
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Florida court decision holding that a convicted murderer who scored 71 on an IQ test is automatically ineligible for the death penalty exemption that Florida affords intellectually disabled convicts. So reports the Florida Times-Union.