SCOTUS strikes down IQ test as sole factor in capital punishment cases

May 29, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In Hall v. Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that a state may not determine whether defendants are intellectually disabled based solely on IQ test scores.

Texas to execute mentally retarded man; state claims man isn’t mentally retarded

Aug 6, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Texas is scheduled to execute Marvin Wilson tomorrow night after 6 p.m. unless the Supreme Court steps in. Wilson has been medically diagnosed as mentally retarded.

Court Time: Is life without parole for a 14 year old cruel and unusual?

Mar 14, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases next week that will resolve the question of whether a sentence of life without parole is in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Hot Docs: Teacher spiked student’s drink with hot sauce, lawsuit claims

Dec 15, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

According to a new lawsuit, a Florida teacher intentionally spiked a can of soda that she knew a student was going to drink from, intending to “teach him a lesson.”

Ten Years Later: Is waterboarding really illegal?

Sep 27, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Despite strong efforts to argue otherwise, waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” are illegal under both domestic and international law.