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Description

Chapter discusses the impact that the identification of an intellectual disability can have when a defendant is standing trial for a capital murder case.  Specifically, the chapter explores how an intellectual disability can be determined before examining the role that the presence of an intellectual disability (or lack thereof) played in the court's ruling on the case.  Finally, the chapter concludes with a series of tips for attorneys on how to gather supporting evidence for the presence of an intellectual disability or how to rebutt a defense team's claim of there being an intellectual disability. 

Citation

Starnes, J. (2005). Mental Retardation. In Texas District & County Attorneys Association, Mental Defenses. (pp. 109-123). Austin: TDCAA

Publication Year

2005

Audiences

Attorneys
Psychologists

Populations

Adults

Topics

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