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Supreme Court blocks death sentence for Texas inmate, citing mental disability

Supreme Court blocks death sentence for Texas inmate, citing mental disability

The Supreme Court set aside a death sentence on Tuesday for a Texas inmate who as a teenager struggled to tell time and name the days of the week, concluding he should not be executed in light of his mental disability.

The 5-3 decision is the latest in which the justices restricted the use of the death penalty for convicted murderers who have a significant intellectual disability.

Three years ago, the justices faulted Florida authorities for relying on a standard of an IQ score of 70 to decide who is and is not mentally disabled.

In Tuesday’s decision, they faulted Texas judges for disregarding “current medical standards” in deciding who qualifies for the...

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