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Condemning the Retarded

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Condemning the Retarded

Condemning the Retarded

Condemning the Retarded

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NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on one of the issues being argued before the Supreme Court today: whether states should be forbidden to execute mentally retarded criminals. In recent years, states have been enacting laws against such executions, and the justices are thought to be considering a change in their 1989 position upholding execution of the retarded. In today's case from Virginia, a man and his accomplice kidnapped a third man, robbed and killed him. The defense says the man's history shows he is retarded. The state maintains he knew what he was doing and should be held accountable.