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Court Nixes Va. Appeal in Case of Low IQ Inmate

• AP
Virginia cannot reinstate the death sentence of a convicted killer who claims he is too mentally disabled to be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.  ....
 
The lower court had concluded that Winston's lawyers did not try hard enough to show Winston was mentally disabled, and thus, ineligible to be executed under a 2002 Supreme Court ruling.

The state had argued Winston waited too late to produce evidence of his low IQ.

Caroline Gibson, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said prosecutors were disappointed in the decision.  ....

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