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Sunday, February 13, 2005

California Establishes Procedure for Mentally Retarded Death Row Inmates to Challenge Their Death Sentences

From Law.com:  "The California Supreme Court gave at least 30 of the state's death row inmates hope on Thursday by establishing post-conviction standards for deciding when executions should be set aside on the basis of mental retardation.  The justices were particularly generous to borderline cases, refusing to name a particular IQ score as the cutoff mark for retardation."  Full story here.   Decision in In re Hawthorne, S116670, here.  [Mark Godsey]

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