The United States Law Week

Texas Death Sentence Tossed After Supreme Court Ruled Twice (1)

Nov. 6, 2019, 6:20 PMUpdated: Nov. 6, 2019, 7:48 PM

The top criminal court in Texas changed a death sentence to life in perhaps the final chapter of a legal saga that saw the U.S. Supreme Court twice reverse the state court for not taking a rigorous enough view of intellectual disability standards.

After the Supreme Court’s February ruling that Bobby Moore is intellectually disabled, “there is nothing left for us to do but to implement” its ruling, the state court of criminal appeals said Nov. 6.

A 2002 Supreme Court case barred executing the intellectually disabled, but different states have interpreted disability differently, leading to arguments, like in Moore’s...

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