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    Gregg v. Georgia 428 US 153 (1976) History: The case of Gregg v. Georgia originated in the state of Georgia. The case originally took place in the Georgia Supreme court where the petitioner originally pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them. From there the petitioner challenged the decision and said the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment under the eighth and fourteenth amendments. From this stage the case was then heard by the United States Supreme Courts. The United States Supreme Court, however rejected Gregg’s claim and confirmed the decision made by the Georgia Supreme Court that Gregg would be sentenced to death. Facts: The petitioner who brought up this particular case was by a man named Troy Gregg. The petitioner…

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    The case of Gregg v. Georgia starts with a man named Troy Gregg. Troy was imprisoned by the state of Georgia after he was found guilty of armed robbery and murdering two people in 1973. Following Gregg’s trial, the jury found Tory Gregg guilty and sentenced him to death. Troy challenged his remaining death sentence for murder, asked for an appeal, and claimed that his capital sentence was cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the 8th amendment. The Georgia state court ruled that the…

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    Whether the death penalty should be used is often a debated topic between the science of killing someone for their crimes, or the more religious beliefs that it is cruel and unusual to use the death penalty. When considering people who were sentenced to the death penalty like Gregg, Penry, and Baze. As well as what all of them did to deserve the death penalty, it shows that the death penalty should be punishment in criminal cases. Gregg v. Georgia is one of five trials that took place after…

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    Troy Gregg Case

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    In 1976, a man named Troy Leon Gregg was charged and convicted of armed robbery and murder of Fred Simmons and Bob Moore. In accordance with the Georgia procedure in capital cases, the trial must be in two stages, a guilt stage and a sentencing stage and after both stages, Troy Gregg was ultimately sentenced to death for the murder of Fred Simmons and Bob Moore. Unfortunately, due to the 1972 case, Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court established that the death penalty system was…

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    Introduction The death penalty is one off the premier issues facing not only criminal justice professionals, but every day citizens as well. The purpose of this paper is to examine the death penalty in the United States including ways to carry out and arguments to abolish, the costs involved, and possible alternatives. “In 1972, the Supreme Court declared that under then-existing laws ‘the imposition and carrying out of the death penalty… constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation…

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    Helms (1983), which strived to apply a test to determine whether or not a punishment was proportional to its crime, especially in regards to death penalty jurisprudence, and by addressing the purpose behind the death penalty in Gregg v. Georgia (428 U.S. 153 1976), to determine whether or not it was inherently cruel and unusual. Explicitly in Gregg v. Georgia, Justice Stewart remarks in his majority opinion that the death penalty “serve[s] two principal social purposes: retribution and…

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    death penalty. The first is Kennedy v Louisiana. Patrick Kennedy raped his eight-year-old stepdaughter. Louisiana state authorized capital punishment because she was under twelve. Although, the Eighth Amendment kept Louisiana from imposing death because the crime did not result or was intended to result in death. In Baze v Rees, Ralph Baze and Thomas Bowling were convicted for murder and received death penalties in Kentucky. They argued that the Eighth Amendment banned the lethal injection…

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    After the Georgia General Assembly altered the state’s legislation concerning the death penalty, it was able to be reinstated. In 2001, Georgia abandoned the use of the electric chair. According to BBC News, the state court ruled “that death by electrocution ‘inflicts purposeless physical violence and needless mutilation that makes no measurable contribution to accepted goals of punishment’” (BBC). Simply stated, this ruling decided that the electric chair violated the constitution’s eighth…

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    A Utilitarian Case For Capital Punishment On November 21, 1973, a man named Troy Leon Gregg murdered two men while hitchhiking in an attempted robbery in the mountains of Georgia. In the case Gregg v. Georgia, Gregg was sentenced to the electric chair by a Georgia Grand Jury and this decision was upheld by the US Supreme Court after many appeals. It was deemed that the death penalty does not violate the eighth amendment of the constitution that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.…

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    It has been argued over the years that capital punishment violates the eight amendment in the Constitution of the United States of America. It was argued that because the eighth amendment states that no cruel and unusual punishments should be inflicted upon anyone, so, capital punishment should not be used as a form of paying for a crime. What is not being taken under consideration, however, is the fact that the law has been morally and properly assessing these cases. How so? Well, lets begin by…

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