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Supreme Court to Address Application of Atkins v. Virginia, and Restitution for Mortgage Fraud

Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted cert in Hall v. Florida (No. 12-10882) and Robers v. United States (No. 12-9012).  The question presented in Hall is whether the Florida scheme for identifying mentally retarded defendants in capital cases violates Atkins v. Virginia. In Robers the Court will address whether a defendant – who has fraudulently obtained a loan and thus owes restitution for the loan under 18 U.S.C. § 3663A(b)(1)(B) – returns “any part” of the loan money by giving the lenders the collateral that secures the money.  For more on these cases see this SCOTUSblog post and this Sentencing Law & Policy post.   
 

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