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Furman v. Georgia

Significance, Furman Sentenced To Death, Court Severely Restricts Death Penalty, Jackson And Branch, Related Cases


William Henry Furman


State of Georgia

Appellant's Claim

That the Georgia death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Anthony G. Amsterdam, Elizabeth B. Dubois, Jack Greenberg, Jack Himmelstein, B. Clarence Mayfield, Michael Meltsner

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Dorothy T. Beasley, Arthur K. Bolton, Harold N. Hill, Jr., Andrew J. Ryan, Jr., Andrew J. Ryan III, Courtney Wilder Stanton

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (unsigned)

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

29 June 1972


Georgia death penalty statute declared unconstitutional.


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

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972