Enmund v. Florida - Significance, The Facts Of The Crime, The Legal Process, Degree Of Responsibility, Implications Of Decision
State of Florida
That his death sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments for aiding a felony that ended up a murder, even though he did not participate in the murder or intend for it to happen.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
James S. Liebman
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Lawrence A. Kaden
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist
Date of Decision
2 July 1982
The Supreme Court held that Enmund's sentence violated his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to fair punishment proportionate to his role in the crime. The Court found that Enmund's deed warranted a serious punishment, but not capital punishment, as the state of Florida argued.
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