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Gregg v. Georgia

Significance, Death Penalty Upheld Under Certain Circumstances, Caryl Chessman Trial, Further Readings


Troy Leon Gregg


State of Georgia

Petitioner's Claim

That the death penalty, even when imposed under the safeguards applied in the state of Georgia, violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

G. Hughel Harrison

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

G. Thomas Davis

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

2 July 1976


The Supreme Court upheld the death penalty as imposed by Georgia.

Related Cases

  • Proffitt v. Florida, 428 U.S. 242 (1976).
  • Jurek v. Texas, 428 U.S. 262 (1976).
  • Woodson v. North Carolina, 428 U.S. 280 (1976).
  • Roberts v. Louisiana, 431 U.S. 633 (1976).


Knappman, Edward W., ed. Great American Trials. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1994.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980