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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on: Federal Judge "asked to clarify Indiana's definition of retardation"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 15th, the AP is reporting that:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has turned down an appeal from a man on Indiana's death row for the 2001 shooting death of a sheriff's deputy.

Attorneys for Tommy Pruitt have argued that his death sentence should be overturned because he is mentally disabled. * * *

Federal Judge Robert Miller in South Bend ruled this week that Pruitt's IQ is close to the cutoff for mental retardation but that state courts didn't act unreasonably in finding him able to stand trial.

The Indiana Supreme Court in 2009 rejected a similar appeal from Pruitt.

The ILB has obtained the 83-page opinion of Judge Miller, dated Oct. 2, 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 4, 2012 02:20 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts