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Louisiana ex rel. Francis v. Resweber

Petitioner's Claim, Decision, Significance, A Cruel And Unusual Punishment?, What Is The State's Responsibility?


Willie Francis


E. L. Resweber, Sheriff of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, et al.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

James Skelly Wright

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Michael E. Culligan, L. O. Pecot

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Stanley Forman Reed (writing for the Court), Fred Moore Vinson

Justices Dissenting

Harold Burton, William O. Douglas, Frank Murphy, Wiley Blount Rutledge


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 January 1947

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Sifakis, Carl. The Encyclopedia of American Crime. New York: Facts on File, 1982.

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