An attempt to provide understandable and up-to-date information regarding intelligence testing, intelligence theories, personal competence, adaptive behavior and intellectual disability (mental retardation) as they relate to death penalty (capital punishment) issues. A particular focus will be on psychological measurement, statistical and psychometric issues.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Brain damage mitigation death penalty cases@The Daily Digest, 2/28/11
The week starts off with two failed brain damage/mitigation/capital cases. The first case is failure of mitigation at the trial level, and the second is a reversal of a successful PCRA claim. Neurological evidence is now introduced as mitigating evidence in many capital cases. The general claim goes something like: Don't blame me, blame my [...]