Well, there was another big case out of the Florida Supreme Court regarding capital punishment this month. Walls v. State was released on October 20, 2016.
Retroactive Application of Hall v. Florida
Last week, the decision in Walls v. State was issued. In this case, the High Court has ruled that over two dozen Florida Death Row inmates who unsuccessfully argued that they should be spared the death penalty because of intellectual disabilities should have the opportunity to do so now.
In sum, Walls is taking the Hall v. Florida decision and agreeing that it should apply retroactively.
In Hall v. Florida, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Florida procedure for deciding who suffers intellectual disability for purposes of the death penalty violated the constitution and imposed cruel and unusual punishment.
As you may know, defending the issue of intellectual disabilities in defendants facing the death penalty is a particular passion for Terence Lenamon.
In case you’re interested, we’ve uploaded the entire opinion in Terry’s online library for your convenience. Here it is:
Walls v. State by Reba Kennedy on Scribd