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Oklahoma Attorney General Says New Law Gives Victims Chance At Justice

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Attorney General Drew Edmondson says a new law dealing with mental retardation in death penalty cases levels the playing field and gives victims of murder a chance at justice.

Governor Brad Henry signed a bill this week that sets forth procedures for determining mental retardation. Edmondson requested the bill and says it is fair to both defendants and the prosecution.

The measure gives the state more time to respond to an appeal by a convicted killer who claims to be mentally retarded.

The US Supreme Court in 1992 ruled that execution of mentally retarded individuals was unconstitutional.
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