Essay Review Of Furman V. Georgia

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Review of Furman V. Georgia
Furman v. Georgia Supreme Court decision sent a ripple through the standard way of thinking in the United States legal system, by causing a nationwide moratorium on capital punishment that lasted from 1972-1976. The ruling itself did not provide any new information, it only demonstrated what then general society already knew was true, it was only a first time it was affirmed in the court of law. This court ruling showed that the legal powers the be, were in greater part paying attention to what was going on and felt that they had a legal and moral duty to find as they did in stating that there had been an unjust means to which the death penalty had been utilized.
There were three paramount cases that the Furman ruling was evaluated against, two for rape and one for murder, but subsequently the Eighth Amendment, which protects against “cruel and unusual punishment,” and the Fourteenth Amendment, which ensures due process under the law were each considered when the Supreme Court provided its findings on the matter. There were obvious arguments both for and against capital punishment, but regardless of the reasons for such a consequence, one thing had to be certain. The rationale behind its use and the method of its use must be of the greater good to society and it must be applied equally to all. This Supreme Court ruling stated to the contrary, and said that capital punishment was being given at disproportionate rate across the races. Persons of…

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