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Description

Article reveals the potential for error and inconsistency in the diagnosing of mental retardation among the perpetrators of capital crimes by analyzing two murder cases, Indiana v. Miller and Rogers v. State, in which one defendant was found to have MR while the other defendant, though appearing to exhibit similar characteristics to the first defendant, was not.

Citation

Olvera, D. R., Dever, R. B., & Earnest, M. A. (2000).  Mental retardation and sentences for murder: Comparison of two recent court cases. Mental Retardation, 38(3), 228-233.

Publication Year

2000

Audiences

Attorneys
Psychologists

Populations

Adults

Topics

Assessment/Diagnosis
Death Penalty/Capital Offenses - General
Intellectual Disabilities
Legal Issues