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Counrt hears execution-of-retarded case

Feb. 20, 2002 at 1:52 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday heard argument on whether the executing the mentally retarded violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The justices intervened in the case of Daryl Renard Atkins, who was convicted and condemned for the 1996 killing and robbery of Eric Nesbitt, 21.

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