SCOTUS, 5-4, strikes Florida IQ cutoff for executions

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: May 27, 2014 1:11 PM

The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, Tuesday that states cannot use a hard IQ cut-off of 70 to determine whether defendants are too mentally disabled to be eligible for the death penalty.

Swing Justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the court's Democratic-appointees to strike down a Florida law dictating that those with IQ scores of 70 or under could not be executed, but denying defendants with slightly higher scores any ability to argue that they are too intellectually limited to be constitutionally put to death.