Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My New Verdict Column Previews Hall v. Florida

By Mike Dorf

My latest Verdict column previews Hall v. Florida, which will be argued early next month. The case presents the question of whether Florida's numerical cutoff of an IQ of 70 for proving intellectual disability satisfies the Eighth Amendment. I contend that Florida's argument, if accepted, would substantially undermine the uniformity of federal constitutional law. I'll let the column speak for itself, as it in fact says all I have to say on the topic.