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Editor's Note :

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Bobby v. Bies

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08-598 6th Cir. Apr 27, 2009
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Jun 1, 2009 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2008

Issue: Whether the holding of a state post-conviction hearing to determine the mental capacity of a capital defendant whose death sentence was affirmed before Atkins v. Virginia (2002), which barred the execution of mentally retarded defendants, violates the Double Jeopardy clause.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 1, 2009.

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