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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Death Row Inmate: A divided Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favor of convicted murderer and death row inmate Freddie Lee Hall. The Court's 5-4 ruling will make it more difficult for states to sentence inmates to death if they claim to suffer from an intellectual disability.  Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that Florida must now apply a margin of error to IQ tests administered to Hall.  Prior to the ruling, the Florida law provided that an IQ score above 70 made prisoners eligible for a death sentence.  Some mental health groups argued that the number should instead be 75.  Last week, a federal appeals court prevented Texas from executing a death row inmate after his attorneys made claims that he suffered from an intellectual disability. 

Cold Case Murderer Sentenced to Life: An Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of a Cleveland teenager nearly 30 years ago. WKYC reports that 59-year-old Hernandez Warren was arrested and charged with the cold case killing in 2013 after a new DNA test linked him to the crime.  In addition to the life sentence for murder, Warren was also sentenced to 10 to 25 years for rape, he will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 30 years behind bars.

Jailed Marine to Plead Case to Mexican Judge: A U.S. Marine who has been held in Mexican jail for nearly two months after accidentally crossing the border will finally have his day in court Wednesday when he goes before a federal judge in Tijuana,  the country's sixth-largest city.  Joseph J. Kolb of Fox News reports that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi had three registered guns in his vehicle when he entered Mexico through a 'poorly-marked crossing', he was immediately detained and has since spent time in two different Mexican prisons where his mother says he has received multiple death threats and has had his feet and hands shackled.  Efforts made by Secretary of State John Kerry to have the soldier released and allowed to travel back to the U.S. have  been unsuccessful.  

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