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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Furman v. Georgia
Citation:408 U.S. 238 (1972)
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Furman (Petitioner) was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He and other Georgia prisons who had been convicted of murder or rape and were sentenced to death appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the death penalty was unconstitutional in their cases in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.
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