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Schick v. Reed

The Lower Court Rulings

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted Reed's motion for a summary judgment. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed this decision. In doing so, the courts upheld the power of a president to grant commutations and pardons with conditions attached. The court of appeals also rejected Schick's argument that the 1972 Furman v. Georgia decision--which commuted all pending death sentences to life in prison--meant he should have been eligible for parole.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980Schick v. Reed - Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The President Can Commute With Conditions, Furman V. Georgia Did Not Apply