Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On June 29

On this day in ...
... 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that execution of petitioners would violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The single-page per curiam opinion was followed by 200 pages of concurrences and dissents, resulting in a moratorim on executions but no clear direction regarding the future of capital punishment in the United States.

(Prior June 29 posts are here, here, and here.)

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