Supreme Court Case: Furman V. Georgia

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Beginning the well-known case of Furman v. Georgia, it all started on August 11, 1967 when 26 year old William Henry Furman entered the residence of 29 year old William Joseph Micke during the middle of the night in attempt to rob any valuables from the home. Micke, awakened by the commotion, proceeded to his kitchen find Furman inside his home stealing his belongings. Before Furman could react, Micke confronted Furman but was stopped in his own tracks when he noticed the hand gun he had in his person. Unfortunately for Micke, as Furman reacted to running out of the home he tripped and fell over, exposing the gun and triggering a single bullet hitting a clean shot right through Micke’s chest killing him instantly. Micke’s family, who had awakened…show more content…
The trial only lasted a day given the substantial amount of evidence against him. Even with an insanity plea that the court denied, the jury found Furman guilty of murder and was sentenced to death on September 21, 1968 at 5:00pm. This ruling brought up the issue on whether or not the death penalty, particularly in this case, was considered ‘cruel and unusual’. Enough support was gathered for the Supreme Court to take on this case beginning in January 17, 1972. Throughout the case it was made clear that the issue to be discussed was whether or not the death penalty would “constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments” (Oyez). After months of debating and decision making, the final verdict was announced on June 29,…show more content…
In the majority opinion, I agree that the death penalty is in a way cruel and unusual towards the human population. In the minority opinion, I agree that there is something to be done for those who cause suffering onto those who hurt others and have probable cause of doing it again if they get the chance. Many can agree that with our progressive society we are starting to lose our roots from our forefathers, making new rules and regulations that keep our society content. I believe that the world we see now as Americans is a world of leisure and tranquility where only the worst of travesties brings out the fighting spirit in people to take action for their cause. It is until then that people start seeing the reality of the situation and would either learn to accept it or quarrel behind denial and fight for their world of leisure and tranquility. This can implied in the death penalty case where people believe that death should not be so easily manipulated and it is not up to one person on whether or not they should die due to their causes. The victims are not the only ones who have families that worry for their relative’s future in which both cases their biggest fear is death. How I see it, at the end of the day, these people just committed one of the most heinous crimes known in our society. Why do they commit these acts? I have absolutely no idea. What I do know is that in every act there is a motive,
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