SCOTUSblog: Hall v. Florida
Florida Supreme Court found that there was competent, substantial evidence to support the trial court's finding that Hall is not mentally retarded. As a result, the Court denied his motion.
Issue: The questions before the Court is whether the Florida scheme for identifying mentally retarded defendants in capital cases violates Atkins v. Virginia.
Holding: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the state's threshold requirement as interpreted by the Florida Supreme Court is unconstitutional as a violation of the Eighth Amendment and disregards established medical practice.