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Book Review: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty: Current Issues and Controversies

By Russell Stetler and John Philipsborn

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Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty: Current Issues and Controversies

By Marc J. Tassé and John H. Blume
Praeger (2018)


This highly useful reference deserves a place on the bookshelf of every capital defense lawyer and mitigation specialist,1 regardless of whether they suspect a current client meets the criteria for intellectual disability and thus exemption from execution under Atkins v. Virginia,2 Hall v. Florida,3 and Moore v. Texas.4  

The authors are well-known and respected practitioners in their respective fields. Dr. Marc Tassé is a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, which specializes in developmental disabilities. John Blume, certainly well known to readers of The Champion,5 is a professor of trial techniques at Cornell Law School, and a long-time and well-known litigator of death penalty cases in a wide variety of areas of the United States. He has litigated capital cases both at trial and in post-conviction, argued se

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