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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Atkins v. Virginia
Citation:536 U.S. 304 (2002)
Atkins (Petitioner), who suffered from a mental disability, robbed an individual and killed him. He was convicted of abduction, armed robbery, and capital murder. In the penalty phase, the defense relied on one witness, Dr. Evan Nelson, a forensic psychologist who had evaluated Atkins before trial and concluded that he was mildly mentally retarded. The State presented an expert rebuttal witness who expressed the opinion that Atkins was not mentally retarded, but rather was of average intelligence. The jury sentenced Atkins to death. The Virginia Supreme Court then ordered a second sentencing hearing because the trial court had used a misleading verdict form.
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