Supreme Court Hears Case Hinging On Medical Standards For Intellectual Disabilities
Lawyers for Bobby J. Moore, a death-row inmate, are challenging his death sentence, saying Texas used outdated medical standards and looked to factors rooted in stereotypes while making its decision.
The New York Times:
Justices Hear Texas Death Penalty Case Involving Intellectual Disability
The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of the way Texas decides who must be spared the death penalty on account of intellectual disability, with several justices indicating that the state’s standards were either too strict or too arbitrary. But there was also disagreement and confusion over precisely what the state’s standards required. (Liptak, 11/29)
Justices Debate How To Define Intellectual Disability In Texas Death Row Case
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared fairly split among party lines during oral arguments Tuesday in a Texas case involving how to define intellectual disability among death row inmates. The high court has previously ruled that executing people with intellectual disabilities is unconstitutional, but it left it up to the states to legally determine the condition. In 2014, the court weighed in on borderline cases, ruling that states can’t use an IQ below 70 as the sole way to define the disability. (McCullough, 11/29)