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When APA Decides to Go to Court
June 16, 2014 - June 17, 2014

In the American justice system, APA’s Committee on Judicial Action plays many roles, from a concerned bystander to a full participant, said speakers at APA’s annual meeting in New York in May.

In one long-running case, for example, the committee joined with other mental health organizations in an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in Hall v. Florida, a case argued in March before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief opposed Florida’s use of a fixed IQ score of 70 to determine a convict’s eligibility for the death penalty.

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