State Net Criminal Law Update: Federal Court Grants California Prison Extension and Washington State Halts Death Penalty

FEDERAL COURT GRANTS CA PRISON EXTENSION: After enduring numerous rejections over the last three years, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) finally got a federal court to give him more time to ease the Golden State's longstanding prison overcrowding problem. A three-judge federal panel last Monday granted...

Jay Shapiro on Hall v. Florida: The Death Penalty and the Intellectually Disabled Revisited by the Supreme Court

"No legitimate penological purpose is served by executing a person with intellectual disability." -Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court in Hall v. Florida , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. "[W]hat counts are our society's standards—which is to say...