Supreme Court Rules on Death Penalty

The Supreme Court weighed-in on death penalty today, and its decision could result in fewer executions. The court ruled five-to-four that states cannot use rigid IQ test scores to determine whether or not a criminal is eligible for the death penalty. There are currently several states with rules that say anyone with an IQ score of 70 or above can be put to death. Today’s decision means states have to be more lenient about who qualifies as mentally disabled.