Furman v. Georgia
408 U.S. 238 (1972)

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Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972)

Furman v. Georgia

No. 69-5003

Argued January 17, 1972

Decided June 29, 1972*

408 U.S. 238


Imposition and carrying out of death penalty in these cases held to constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

No. 69-5003, 225 Ga. 253, 167 S.D.2d 628; No. 69-5030, 225 Ga. 790, 171 S.D.2d 501; No. 69-5031, 447 S.W.2d 932, reversed and remanded.

Page 408 U. S. 239

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Primary Holding

The death penalty violated the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment and Fourteenth Amendment prohibitions against discrimination because it had been imposed in a seemingly random and inconsistent manner.