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Furman v. Georgia

Lecture no. 15 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

Furman v. Georgia

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Public support for the death penalty in the United States has historically ebbed and flowed. In 1972, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment as then administered was unconstitutional, many legal experts—including some justices—believed that would end the death penalty. Learn why that was not the case, and explore the deep complexities of the law as it relates to capital punishment.