Chownah, I majored in psych and agree completely that IQ is a vastly overused metric.
My main contention with this was 1) we shouldn't be executing anyone, and 2) this was an illegal execution. The man did not receive proper legal counsel (which was court appointed), therefore he did not receive his Constitutionally-guaranteed fair trail and should have been retried.
I have a feeling law students will be puzzling over this case for decades trying to figure out how even the Supreme Court got it so wrong. I can only assume that they refused to overrule Alabama's decision on the basis of not interfering with the death penalty, which is considered a state issue not a federal one. And if that is their reasoning, it's pretty dangerous reasoning in my opinion.
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus