Furman v. Georgia 408 U.S. 238 (1972) (50 Most Cited Opinions) United States Supreme Court

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Furman v. Georgia 408 U.S. 238 (1972) (50 Most Cited Opinions)  by  United States Supreme Court

Furman v. Georgia 408 U.S. 238 (1972) (50 Most Cited Opinions) by United States Supreme Court
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Furman was burglarizing a home when a family member discovered him. He tripped and fell as he attempted to flee. His gun discharged and killed a resident of the home. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.The Courts one-page opinionMoreFurman was burglarizing a home when a family member discovered him. He tripped and fell as he attempted to flee. His gun discharged and killed a resident of the home.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.The Courts one-page opinion held that the imposition of the death penalty in the cases before it (Furman was reviewed along with two others) constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Constitution. In all, there are over two hundred pages of concurrence and dissents.

Justices Brennan and Marshall believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional in all instances.The opinions, in part, addressed the arbitrary nature with which death sentences were imposed, often indicating a racial bias against black defendants. The decision forced states and Congress to rethink their statutes for capital offenses to assure that the death penalty would not be administered in a capricious or discriminatory manner.The book contains the per curiam opinion and the concurring opinions of Justices, Douglas, Brennan, Stewart, White and Marshall.



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