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Furman vs. Georgia

             The case that I was assigned is Furman v. In this report I will discuss three major areas of this case. This case was held or argued January 17, 1972. The case ended or was decided June 29, 1972. The three major areas that I will discuss are: the argument of the case, the death penalty according to the 8th Amendment, and the decision or the conclusion of the case. I will not express my opinion in this report because my opinion would not be suitable for this issue. I will only express what is constitutional according to the 8th Amendment. .
             Furman v. Georgia followed shortly after the rape and murder cases of three African American convicts. Each convicted person received the death penalty. The argument of the Furman case was that he should receive that death penalty for murder. Furman was burglarizing a private home when a family member discovered him. He attempted to flee, and in doing so tripped and fell. The gun that he was carrying went off and killed a resident of the home. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The question presented of the Furman v. Georgia case was: Does the imposition and carrying out of the death penalty in this case constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment? Furman used the 8th amendment to say that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. .
             The 8th amendment is also subtitled as "Punishment for Crimes." The 8th amendment states: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fine imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted." Furman used this amendment to get out of the death penalty. According to the 8th amendment, the death penalty, from my understanding (not opinion), is cruel and unusual punishment and should be rethought by the states. This is exactly what was argued or discussed in the Furman v. Georgia case. Furman appealed the decision or sentence of the death penalty. He felt that it wasn"t his fault.

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