Jay Shapiro on Hall v. Florida: The Death Penalty and the Intellectually Disabled Revisited by the Supreme Court (PDF)
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In Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002), the Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to execute a person with an intellectual disability. Hall v. Florida, decided by the Court on May 27, 2014, holds that the Florida capital punishment law that defines intellectual disability as requiring a score of 70 or less on an IQ test violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.
Jay Shapiro is a partner in the New York office of White and Williams LLP. Jay has more than 30 years experience concentrating his practice in litigation matters. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney's Office (1980-1988) and later joined the King's County District Attorney's Office (1990-2002) where he became the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Rackets Division before going into private practice. Mr. Shapiro has tried more than thirty-five cases in state and federal court. In private practice, he has handled litigation involving insurance fraud, white collar crime and Lanham Act (trademark) violations.
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