Saturday, July 2, 2011

On July 2

On this day in ...
... 1976 (35 years ago today), the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its judgment in a set of death penalty cases, the most well known of which is Gregg v. Georgia. In that decision the Court ruled that capital punishment is not inherently violative of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, and it approved a jury-discretion statute based, as we've posted, on the Model Penal Code. The Court thus brought an end to a de facto moratorium in place since issuance of a 1972 judgment. (credit for photo of Supreme Court building) Also of note was Woodson v. North Carolina, which outlawed a mandatory death penalty statute.

(Prior July 2 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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