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Furman v. Georgia


Josh Szkotak

on 18 February 2013

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Transcript of Furman v. Georgia

FURMAN V. GEORGIA Description of Case William Henry Furman was on trial for the murder of William Micke on September 28th,1968. Supposedly, Furman had broken into the house of Micke, but Micke had caught him in the act. Furman then ran and escaped out the back door. He had then turned around and shot blindly through the plywood door, killing Micke. Furman was then put on trial for murder and sentenced to death. However, Furman's story was different. Furman's Story Furman said that he didn't mean to kill Micke. He did admit to breaking into his house, but he says that he did not intentionally shoot back at the door. Furman said that once Micke caught him, Furman ran out the back door, tripped, and the gun accidentally went off. After that, Furman got up and ran without going back to check if he had shot Micke. Furman said that he didn't know he had killed anybody. However, the court thought otherwise. The Court's View o Despite Furman's view on the incident, the Georgia court still felt he needed to be sentenced to the death penalty. People then thought this was an example of cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth amendment. Furman v. Georgia is
Taken to the Supreme Court
The punishment of crimes such
as these depend on the state that they
occur in. For example, while Furman
had shot one man by accident and was
going to be given a death sentence,
a man in a different state could torture
five people to death and only get life
in prison. Death Penalty? The Supreme Court's Ruling
& Afterward The supreme court eventually ruled that sentencing Furman to the death penalty constituted cruel and unusual punishment, and Furman was only put in a prison sentence for life. However, he was put on parole 12 years later. Later, his record showed several more arrests related to weapons or alcohol. In 2004, he was arrested on account of burglary, and then he was arrested once again for the same thing in 2005. Finally, in 2006, he was arrested for breaking into a woman's home. He was then jailed without bond. William Fuman The question still remained. Did sentencing Furman to death count as cruel and unusual punishment? But more importantly, if the Supreme Court said yes, it would overturn many more death sentences than Furman. The Effects of Furman v. Georgia Today Today, the death penalty still runs strong despite everything that has happened. The Supreme Court says that the death penalty can be applied if the defendant is convicted of murder, is over the age of 18, and is not mentally handicapped. With this ruling, the Supreme Court left the decision up to the state that the person is convicted in. With this ruling, if Furman v. Georgia happened today, Furman would not be sentenced to the death penalty. (Based on the view that Furman did not intend to kill Micke.) http://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/upload/q4712261.bmp http://deathpenalty.procon.org/files/1-death-penalty-images/william-furman-at-the-time-of-his-arrest-on-august-11-1967.jpg http://www.aclu-de.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/time-to-end-dp-image.jpg
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