Facts furman joined with the cases jackson v georgia and branch v texas was granted certiorari and heard collectively by the court furman was found guilty of murder while the other two appellants were convicted of rape by their courts of original jurisdiction all three were sentenced to death by their respective states. Appellant argued that the application of the death penalty in this case was cruel and unusual punishment synopsis of rule of law society deems punishment by death to be an appropriate punishment as long as there are sufficient safeguards in place to protect defendants the court will allow the imposition of capital punishment . In a per curium opinion the supreme court held that the death penalty was unconstitutional and violated the eighth amendments prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment this holding resulted in a temporary ban of the death penalty furman v georgia case brief statement of the facts furman was convicted of rape and murder. A summary and case brief of furman v georgia 408 us 238 1972 including the facts issue rule of law holding and reasoning key terms and concurrences and dissents. The gun that he was carrying went off and killed a resident of the home he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death two other death penalty cases were decided along with furman jackson v georgia and branch v texas these cases concern the constitutionality of the death sentence for rape and murder convictions respectively
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