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Highlights of the Supreme Courtís 2001-2002 Term
References for Atkins v. Virginia (July 20, 2002)

Prior Opinions
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

    Pleadings, Motions, & Arguments
  • Brief for Petitioner (PDF)
  • Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)

    Amicus Briefs for Virginia

  • Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (PDF)

    Articles & Commentary
  • Supreme Court Must Recognize in Atkins v. Virginia a Growing National Consensus against Executing the Mentally Retarded, Amnesty Int'l (February 20, 2002)
  • Does the Eighth Amendment Prohibition on Cruel and Unusual Punishment Forbid the Execution of the Mentally Retarded?,
  • Faith in the Mentally Retarded, Medill News Service (December 2001)
  • High Court Considers Constitutionality of Executing Mentally Retarded, ACLU (February 20, 2002)
  • US Supreme Court looks at the issue of executions of the mentally retarded, The Abolishionist Action Committee
  • Supreme Court considers executions of mentally retarded unconstitutional, Associated Press (June 20, 2002)
  • Court weighs executing retarded in Hampton case, Associated Press (February 20, 2002)
  • A Second Look at Executing the Mentally Retarded: The Meaning Of "Cruel And Unusual Punishments," FindLaw's Legal Commentary (April 10, 2002)
  • Current Cases: Daryl Renard Atkins York County, Virginia, American University
  • High Court Reviews Death Sentence Issues, The Washington Post (April 23, 2002)
  • Statement by The Justice Project on Atkins v. Virginia, The Justice Project (June 20, 2002)

    Other References
  • Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism: On the Docket
  • Low-IQ inmates seek life sentences, Associated Press (April 29, 2002)
  • Since 1976 and as of September 8, 2001, the U.S. has executed 35 people with mental retardation, Amnesty Int'l
  • Execution Is Unconstitutional for Mentally Retarded, Champion Magazine (March 2002)
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