This landmark Supreme Court decision found the irrevocable imposition of the death penalty for the rape of an adult woman to be a violation of the Eighth Amendment, given that rape is a non-homicidal crime. The decision stems from the events of September 2, 1974, when convicted felon Ehrlich Anthony Coker escaped from Ware Correctional Institution outside Waycross, Georgia, where he was serving several sentences for aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, and murder. Later that evening, at roughly 11 p.m., Coker entered the residence ...

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