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14 October 2003

Update: Death Penalty Verdict Overturned - Georgia Supreme Court Orders New Trial for Man on Death Row for 15 Years
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

14 October 2003, Washington, D.C. - The Georgia Supreme Court has ordered a new trial and a new sentencing hearing for Alphonso Stripling, a mentally retarded man who has been on death row in Georgia for the past 15 years.

Mentally retarded people may not be sentenced to death in Georgia. The Supreme Court found that the state illegally suppressed evidence of Mr. Stripling's mental retardation before his 1989 trial, including the results of IQ tests administered by the state and a state psychologist's diagnosis that Mr. Stripling is mentally retarded. The Court held that this evidence "would have refuted many of the State's arguments [that Stripling is not mentally retarded], and in reasonable probability would have affected the outcome of Stripling's trial."

Mayer, Brown Rowe & Maw LLP lawyers Mitchell Raup, Diane Green-Kelly, and Carl Summers have represented Mr. Stripling during his appeal.

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