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“The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies”

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The Supreme Court just took a case that could affect state death penalty policies

By Niraj Chokshi,                                      Updated: October 21 at 12:52 pm

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

U .S. Supreme Court. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)

How do you define whether someone’s sufficiently mentally disabled to avoid the death penalty?

That’s a question that could be resolved by the Supreme Court, which on Monday morning agreed to take up a new case that could limit how states set death penalty policies. The issue at hand is whether Florida’s approach to determining mental disability in death penalty cases violates an earlier Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

“This is really one of the most important death penalty cases that the court has undertaken in years,” says Brian Stull, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project, which advocates for the abolition of the death penalty.

The case…

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