Supreme Court: Can Florida execute 'mentally retarded' prisoner?
The US Supreme Court is turning its attention to capital punishment this week, with the justices taking up a case examining whether Florida is engaging in cruel and unusual punishment by seeking to execute a condemned prisoner who may be mentally retarded. The high court declared in 2002 that the...Bills would strike 'retarded,' 'mental retardation' from state laws
Both the state House and Senate are poised to pass bills Wednesday that will remove the words retarded and mental retardation from a variety of Michigan laws.
Fragile X syndrome: Trigger for most common form of intellectual disability and autism uncovered
The most common genetic form of mental retardation and autism occurs because of a mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with the disease, new research concludes. The findings also show that a drug that blocks this silencing mechanism can prevent fragile X syndrome -- suggesting similar...Freddie Hall: Florida's Supreme Court to Decide on Execution of the Mentally Disabled
Florida's Supreme Court is to decide whether to execute a mentally impaired prisoner, who has spent over 30 years on death row for having killed a pregnant woman. Freddie Lee Hall was declared mentally retarded when he was convicted in 1991. However, in 2002's Atkins v. Virginia case, the...
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