Author Archives: RyanWagonerMD

DSM-5 Changes and the Law

Up to Date with DSM-5 The field of psychiatry is ever evolving, with new information and updates persistently reshaping various aspects of clinical practice. This evolution also affects the interaction between psychiatry and the law, with many attorneys and courts … Continued

Hall v. Florida – Decision

In an opinion from 05/27/2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Florida’s 70-point threshold to determine intellectual disability in executions was unconstitutional. The majority opinion was delivered by Justice Kennedy in a split 5-4 decision. Justice Kennedy writes that the … Continued

Hall v. Florida

In 1982, Freddie Lee Hall was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the state of Florida. Mr. Hall appealed this decision, based on his assertion that he is mentally retarded. The U.S. Supreme Court previously held in 2002 … Continued