kaedenfrino The case did change the interpretation of the Constitution because it constituted the death penalty as against the 8th amendment, but in similar/previous cases this was ruled as constitutional.
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kaedenfrino The lasting importance is that the death penalty has been seen as biased towards black defendants and should be taken seriously and not misused.
kaedenfrino I agree with the decision because Furman was trying to escape and did not intend to kill anyone.
kaedenfrino All 5 of the majority justices wrote their own concurring opinions, the longest opinion in history of over 200 pages.
kaedenfrino The case dealt with the 8th, 9th, and 14th amendments.
kaedenfrino Lower (State) Courts:
Georgia District Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
US Supreme Court
kaedenfrino On June 29, 1972, the court decided that the death penalty was unconstitutional in a 5-4 Supreme Court vote.
kaedenfrino 5 justices voted for the majority while 4 disented.
kaedenfrino Furman was robbing a house when he came into contact with a resident.
kaedenfrino He tried to escape but fell and fired the gun through a closed door, killing a resident of the home.
kaedenfrino The appellants side (Furman) argued that the death penalty would be cruel and unusual punishment, going against the 8th and 9th amendments.
kaedenfrino The Respondents (Georgia) argued that Furman was guilty of robbery and murder and therefore should be punished by the death penalty.
kaedenfrino Furman V. Georgia: Death Penalty Case of 1972