Essay on Case Analysis : Furman V. Georgia

1200 Words Oct 31st, 2015 5 Pages
Furman V. Georgia Analysis

In Georgia crimes that were historically eligible for capital punishment were murder, capital murder, robbery, rape, horse stealing, and aiding a runaway slave. Before 1976, Georgia carried out 950 executions, the fourth highest number of any state in the U.S. which was during the time period of Furman v. Georgia. Electrocution was the primary method of execution during this time up until October 5th, 2001. The Furman v. Georgia court case was argued in January 17, 1972 - June 29, 1972. William Henry Furman caused this by committing a robbery at a resident’s house named William Micke. While Furman was in the house Micke was awakened and Furman tried to get away. As Furman was trying to get away and escape the house Furman tripped and fell over some wires. As he fell down to the floor he caused the gun to go off and fatally shot the resident. His statement did not match up to what he told the police officers on an unsworn statement, but in both cases he stated that he accidentally shot the victim.
As they reviewed the case the Georgia law states that due to the fact that the murder took place in the middle of a robbery which is a felony in Georgia, Furman could be executed if the court found him guilty. Furman was tried for murder by the Georgia court and was found guilty based on his own statement given in court. The jury sentenced him to death on September 20, 1968 after a one-day trial. Furman felt that his ruling was ridiculous and did not…

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