Jurek v. Texas
Significance, Action And Reaction, Constitutional Infringement?, Impact, Types Of Capital Punishment, Further Readings
Jerry Lane Jurek
State of Texas
The death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Anthony G. Amsterdam
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
John L. Hill
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall
Date of Decision
2 July 1976
Upheld the state of Texas' claim that the death penalty was not cruel and unusual punishment and therefore was not unconstitutional.
- Branch v. Texas, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
- Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
- Jackson v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976).
- Woodson v. North Carolina, 428 U.S. 280 (1976).
- Jacobs v. Wainwright, 469 U.S. 1062 (1984).
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment 1997. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1998.
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