Gregg v. Georgia (1976) was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that reinstated the death penalty following the moratorium effectively imposed four years earlier in Furman v. Georgia. The Furman Court had found the use of the death penalty—as it was then being implemented by the states—to be cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. A majority of states responded to the Furman decision by rewriting their capital punishment statutes in attempts to address the Supreme Court's ...

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