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Furman vs. Georgia racial bias U.S. Supreme Court

50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned all existing death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia

Today, June 29, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time. In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory. Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as […]

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Future Dangerousness racial bias

Race and “future dangerousness” in the Texas death penalty

Many of Texas’s most troubling death penalty cases are rooted in a corrosive system of racism fostered by predictions of future dangerousness, a unique facet of our state’s capital punishment statute.

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Austin American-Statesman Furman vs. Georgia U.S. Supreme Court

Marking the anniversary of Furman v. Georgia: 44 years later, the death penalty remains “arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory”

Today, June 29, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman vs. Georgia (1972), which overturned all existing death penalty laws in effect at the time.  In Furman, the Justices ruled that the death penalty system, as it was being administered, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory.  Justice Potter Stewart said death sentences were as cruel […]