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 unanimous ruling was hailed by both prosecutors and public defenders as a workable solution for evaluating whether convicted murderers had the mental capacity to understand their homicidal actions.
Calif. Supreme Court Applies Retardation Criteria to Death Row Inmates
February 14, 2005
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