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The Resource Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America, David M. Oshinsky

Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America, David M. Oshinsky

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Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America
Title
Capital punishment on trial
Title remainder
Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America
Statement of responsibility
David M. Oshinsky
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
William Furman, an African-American and career criminal, shot and killed a white homeowner during a 1967 burglary in Savannah, Georgia. In short order he was arrested, put on trial, convicted by a nearly all-white jury, and sentenced to death. Furman's attorney, aided by the NAACP, doggedly appealed the verdict all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which voided Furman's sentence in a highly contentious 5-4 vote. That decision overturned Georgia's capital punishment statue, and by implication all other state death penalty laws, for violating the Eighth amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment." Furman, thus, effectively halted capital punishment in the United States. But the reprieve was only temporary, for the dicison did not rule the death penalty per se to be unconstitutional; rather it struck down the laws that currently governed its application, leaving the states free to devise new ones that the Court might find acceptable. Ant that is exactly what happened. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky's compact and insightful study of the case showcases his talent for clarifying the complex and often confusing legal issues that surround a subject as controversial as capital punishment
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oshinsky, David M.
Dewey number
345.73/0773
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9227.C2
LC item number
O82 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Landmark law cases & American society
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Furman, William Henry
  • Capital punishment
  • Trials (Murder)
Label
Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America, David M. Oshinsky
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Publication
Bar code
  • 31223101722990
  • 31223101723006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "I didn't intend to kill nobody"
  • "I am n-n-not dying"
  • "Struck by lightning"
  • "Death is different"
  • "Let's do it"
  • The "mirror test"
  • "The machinery of death."
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 144 p.
Isbn
9780700617104
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010001936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 466346906
  • (OCoLC)466346906
Label
Capital punishment on trial : Furman v. Georgia and the death penalty in modern America, David M. Oshinsky
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223101722990
  • 31223101723006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "I didn't intend to kill nobody"
  • "I am n-n-not dying"
  • "Struck by lightning"
  • "Death is different"
  • "Let's do it"
  • The "mirror test"
  • "The machinery of death."
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 144 p.
Isbn
9780700617104
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010001936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 466346906
  • (OCoLC)466346906

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