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By David G. Savage

9:58 AM PDT, October 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to clarify the legal standard for mental disability in the case of a Florida death row inmate who is illiterate and was once judged to be severely mentally disabled.

The justices in 2002 struck down imposing the death penalty for murderers who are mentally disabled, ruling this was cruel and unusual punishment. However, the court did not set a clear standard for mental disability and left the states some leeway in the matter.

Now, the court will decide whether states may rely entirely on a single IQ test.

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