According to the USA Today, during the past year, the U.S. Supreme Court has appeared increasingly wary of the death penalty, for a variety of reasons:
• In May, the justices blocked the execution of a Missouri murderer because his specific medical condition made it likely that he would suffer from a controversial lethal injection.
• Later that month, they ruled 5-4 that Florida must apply a margin of error to IQ tests, making it harder for states to execute those with borderline intellectual disabilities.
• In October, the court stopped the execution of yet another Missouri man over concerns that his lawyers were ineffective and had missed a deadline for an appeal. Last Monday, the justices sent his case back to Missouri for further consideration.
And, this past week the Court has agreed to again review lethal injection
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