WASHINGTON — Virginia cannot reinstate the death sentence of a convicted killer who says he is too mentally disabled to be executed, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices did not comment in letting stand lower court rulings that threw out the death sentence for Leon Winston, a Northern Virginia man convicted in the shooting deaths of Anthony and Rhonda Robinson of Lynchburg in 2002. Rhonda Robinson, who was pregnant, was shot to death in front of her 4- and 8-year-old daughters.
In other action Monday:
► The justices agreed to consider reinstating the conviction and death sentence of a man who said he was high on methamphetamine when he killed a Kansas sheriff. The court said it will review a state Supreme Court ruling that granted a new trial to Scott Cheever, who admitted to shooting Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.
►The court decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates. The court declined to hear an appeal from two men who said its 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission also nullifies the ban on direct contributions.
► Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticized a federal prosecutor for what she called ‘‘a racially charged remark’’ during a drug trial. The comment came as the court refused to hear an appeal by Bongani Charles Calhoun, who said during his trial in Texas that he did not know a group of men he was with were preparing for a drug deal. Assistant US Attorney Sam Ponder asked him in court: ‘‘You've got African-Americans, you've got Hispanics, you've got a bag full of money. Does that tell you . . . this is a drug deal?’’