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Friday, September 9, 2016
Death Sentence Overturned Due to Intellectual Disability
Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court overturned 4-2 Freddie Lee Hall's death sentence due to a low IQ. Hall (whose IQ scores ranged from 52 to 80 over almost 40 years) was sentenced to death for killing a pregnant woman in 1978. In Florida, an inmate is considered to have an intellectual disability if his or her IQ is no higher than 70. Abused severely by his mother as a child with 16 siblings, Hall, now 71, will remain in prison for the rest of his life. For more details on this story, go to http://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/intellectual-disability-spares-man-from-death-sentence.