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Supreme Court hears mental disability on death row case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal Monday to determine whether a Florida man on death row has a high enough IQ to be executed.

Florida death row inmate, Freddie Lee Hall, has filed an appeal claiming he is protected from execution because he is mentally disabled.

Arguments Monday will center on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death. This case comes 12 years after the execution of mentally disabled people was prohibited by the Supreme Court.

The court has let states set rules for judging who is mentally disabled. In Florida and other states, an IQ test of 70 or higher means an inmate is not mentally disabled even if other evidence proves he is.

Hall has scored above 70 on most of the tests he has taken since 1968. But his attorneys argue there is ample evidence proving he is mentally disabled.