Supreme Court sends Ohio death penalty case back to appeals court

January 7, 2019

Via: Jurist

The Supreme Court issued an unsigned opinion Monday in Shoop v. Hill, an Ohio death penalty case, vacating a Sixth Circuit decision that Danny Hill should not be subject to the death penalty because of an intellectual disability.

In 1985 Hill was convicted of the rape and murder of 12-year old Raymond Fife and sentenced to death. However, following a 2002 Supreme Court decision in Atkins v. Virginia in which the court held that the Eighth Amendment banned the execution of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Hill appealed to state court arguing that he was intellectually disabled.

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