SCOTUS issued their opinion in Hall v. Florida in favor of the petitioner, Freddie Lee Hall. The Court ruled that Florida's use of a bright-line IQ score of 70 in a legal determination of Intellectual Disability (ID) was unconstitutional. Recognizing that error was inherent in psychological testing, the Court ruled that courts must consider Standard Error of Measurement (SEM) and must be receptive to evidence of adaptive functioning in their ID analysis.
Though ruling does not expand California law, the ruling is truly beneficial to our California Atkins clients. The Court's ruling will certainly bolster the weight of our experts' position that ID cannot be defined simply by an IQ score.
The Cal Supreme Court has issued OSCs in more than 70 capital habeas corpus cases on Atkins grounds. Though these are only a small fraction of CACJ clients, these petitioners are among those who can benefit to most from CACJ's political agenda.
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