Judge Not by IQ Alone



Judge Not by IQ Alone

Abilities365 News | 2014-06-25 18:18:13
The supreme court recently voted against Florida's IQ cutoff rule, used for determining prison inmates' eligibility for the death penalty. In a 5-4 ruling, the supreme court stated that the strict IQ cutoff of 70 created an unacceptable risk of that an inmate with an intellectual disability would face execution, which is considered a violation of the 8th Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Supreme Court Rejects Bright-Line Test For Intellectual Disability

By Michael Doyle @ disabilityscoop.com

WASHINGTON — A closely divided Supreme Court recently struck down Florida’s strict IQ cutoff for determining inmate eligibility for the death penalty.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court concluded that the state’s rigid IQ cutoff of 70 “disregards established medical practice” and creates the “unacceptable risk” that an inmate with intellectual disability might be executed in violation of the Constitution.

“Our society does not consider this strict cutoff as proper or humane,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.

Instead, Kennedy and the court’s four liberal justices concluded, Florida must take into account other factors as well as the IQ testing’s standard error of measurement in evaluating intellectual disability. This is already the practice in many other states.

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