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The Death Penalty Just Got a Tiny Bit Saner

The Supreme Court ruled 12 years ago that it is unconstitutional for a state to execute a person who is “mentally retarded” (a term that has since gone out of date). But that wasn’t enough to put an end to the practice. States were left to determine for themselves who is too intellectually disabled to put to death, and the Florida courts, for example, have insisted on using a flat IQ score that scientists said made no sense. Today the Supreme Court told these states to stop using their unscientific standard, making it a bit harder for them to execute people with marginal IQs.


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Caught in a TRAP

Abortion is on trial this week in Alabama. Technically speaking, the witnesses are appearing before federal District Judge Myron Thompson to discuss a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That sounds reasonable, I know, but it isn’t, and it’s also not what’s at stake. This trial is about whether poor women in red (and even purple) states will continue to have access to abortion, or whether some states will succeed in shutting down every clinic within driving distance, all in the name of protecting women (from themselves).


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Who Needs the Supreme Court?

A judge just struck down Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban. You could be forgiven for yawning. This is the third marriage equality ruling just this week (welcome to the party, Oregon and Utah), and the 18th straight win in the courts in less than a year.


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