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Atkins v. Virginia

Docket No.: 00-8452
Certiorari Granted: Sep 25 2001
Argued: February 20, 2002
Decided: June 20, 2002


Amendment 8: Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Criminal Procedure, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Death Penalty, Appointments Clause, Appropriations Clause, Article I, Bill of Rights, Death Penalty, Eighth Amendment, Eleventh Amendment, absolute immunity, capital murder, habeas, murder, sovereign immunity

PartyNames: Daryl Renard Atkins v. Virginia
Petitioner: Daryl Renard Atkins
Respondent: Virginia

Court Below: Supreme Court of Virginia
Supreme Court Docket

Daryl Renard Atkins
536 U.S. 304 (2002)

Is the execution of mentally retarded persons "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the Eighth Amendment?

Atkins v. Virginia

February 20, 2002

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 6 votes for Atkins, 3 vote(s) against

Atkins v. Virginia
Case Documents

1Opinion in Atkins v. Virginia
2Opinion in Atkins v. Virginia
Additional documents for this case are pending review.