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

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.

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