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Death Penalty Allowed for Somali Nomad (access required)

The Norfolk U.S. District Court says defendant, an alleged Somali pirate, is not intellectually disabled and therefore is eligible for the death penalty under the Federal Death Penalty Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3596(c) and  Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002), which prohibits execution of mentally retarded persons. Given defendant’s nation of origin and his nomadic ...

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