McCleskey v. Kemp
Significance, Further Readings
Ralph Kemp, Superintendent, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center
That statistics demonstrated that the death penalty was being administered in Georgia in a racially discriminatory manner, thus violating the constitutional guarantee of due process and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
John Charles Boger
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Justices for the Court
Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
22 April 1987
The Supreme Court rejected McCleskey's claim and upheld his death sentence.
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976).
- McCleskey v. Zant, 499 U.S. 467 (1991).
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