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Imprisoned by the PastWarren McCleskey and the American Death Penalty$
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Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967933.001.0001

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A New Era

A New Era

A New U.S. Death Penalty Returns in the Late 1970s

(p.90) (p.91) Chapter 8 A New Era
Imprisoned by the Past

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

Oxford University Press

Major changes began taking place in the 1970s around the time of Furman v. Georgia that would create a new death penalty scheme. In response to that U.S. Supreme Court decision, states such as Georgia passed new death penalty laws. In 1976 the Supreme Court upheld some of these new laws under the Eighth Amendment in several cases that included Gregg v. Georgia, Jurek v. Texas, and Proffitt v. Florida. In other cases, the Court struck down laws imposing mandatory death sentences. This chapter discusses the 1976 cases that created the framework for the modern U.S. death penalty, and it considers the attitudes toward capital punishment during the 1970s.

Keywords:   death penalty, 1970s, Eighth Amendment, Gregg v. Georgia, Jurek v. Texas, Proffitt v. Florida, Georgia, capital punishment, Supreme Court

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