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Gregg v. Georgia: Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Not Cruel or Unusual

Gregg v. Georgia

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Decided: Gregg v. Georgia — The Supreme Court rules in a set of five cases for the states of Georgia, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Louisiana that the death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual.

This overturns a de facto moratorium which the Supreme Court had imposed on capital punishment in the 1972 case Furman v. Georgia.

To qualify as constitutional and not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the death penalty must be based on objective criteria and the sentencing must take into account the character of the defendant.

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