Furman V Georgia

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Furman v. Georgia
Death Penalty

Furman v. Georgia
Death Penalty

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Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice
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Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice

The Furman v. Georgia case states that the United States Supreme Court rules that capital punishment was not constitutional. There were five justices that had come together in this ruling and together they thought that capital punishment was to be banned in the United States.
On August 11th, 1967 Micke William Jr. woke up when he heard noises in his house. When he got up he went to see where the noises were coming from and he ended up finding Henry Furman in his kitchen. Furman, an uneducated African American, broke into the kitchen with a gun (Smith 2008). When Furman realized that he had been spotted by Micke he ran for it while he fired a shot at Micke. The shot that was fired got Micke in the chest and it killed him instantly. His family immediately called the police. When the police reported to the scene they searched the house and the neighborhood. They ended up finding Furman in the neighborhood with the murder weapon where he was arrested and charged with the murder of Micke William Jr. The court ordered that Furman have a psychological exam done before the trial is held. The results came back from the psychological exam stating that Furman is psychotic and mentally ill.
Murder cases can usually last a good while and they can become complicated cases. The trial for Furman only lasted for one day because the court denied his insanity idea. Even though the evidence had suggested that Micke died accidentally Furman was still sentenced to death (Philip 1974). Not long after the trial had ended Furman had to make an appeal for his conviction but the court ended up delaying when he would be executed so the appeal could not be made with the Supreme Court of the…...

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