• A case which struck down the death penalty

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  • 230 pages, 5,000 words long. May still be the longest every case
  • 5-4 opinion. 4 Justices signed onto the dissent, 5 separate concurrences
    • Stewart, White and Jones - wanted narrow grounds for Georgia's application of the death penalty on procedural and racial injustice
    • Brennan and Marshall - wanted a blanket prohibition on the death penalty
  • 1 paragraph per curiam opinion:

The Court holds that the imposition and carrying out of the death penalty in these cases constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The judgment in each case is therefore reversed insofar as it leaves undisturbed the death sentence imposed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings.

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