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Furman v. Georgia

  • By: Avi Brisman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

In the 1972 case of Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the question of whether capital punishment constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court held that although the death penalty is ...

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