Coker v. Georgia
Significance, On Appeal, The Verdict, Nothing Left To Lose, Ginsburg Revisits Her Brief
Ehrlich Anthony Coker
State of Georgia
That the death penalty for rape violates the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
David E. Kendall
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
B. Dean Grindle, Jr., Assistant Attorney General of Georgia
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist
Date of Decision
29 June 1977
In a split decision, the Court ruled that Georgia's death penalty for rape violated the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
- Robinson v. California, 370 U.S. 660 (1962).
- Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976).
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