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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you believe it's unconstitutional to execute a killer who is intellectually disabled?

Florida cannot use a hard cutoff on a convict's IQ as the sole basis for determining eligibility for execution.
That's the ruling from a divided U.S. Supreme Court.
At issue was how states may define mental retardation when determining whether convicted murderers deserve capital punishment.
The 5-4 decision favored a Florida death-row inmate, Freddie Lee Hall.
Hall was convicted and sentenced to death in 1978 for the brutal murder of a woman and the shooting death of a deputy.
An average of various tests put his IQ slightly above 70.
The State Supreme Court said Florida's law meant any capital inmate above that 70 benchmark cannot present further evidence to demonstrate a lowered mental capacity.
But the U.S. Supreme Court says Florida's limits were too rigid and unconstitutional.
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the executions of anyone deemed "mentally retarded"... or  "intellectually disabled"... but left it up to the states to determine how to measure that.

Do you believe it's unconstitutional to execute a killer who is intellectually disabled?  Tell us what you think. You can vote on our Facebook page under Connect 3 or just click here to go there now