Gregg v. Georgia

Caleb Deal, Group A


Troy Leon Gregg was sentenced to death after being found guilty of armed robbery that led to murder. Gregg appealed to Georgia Supreme Court and they voted in favor of his death sentence. Following that, he appealed to the United States Supreme court. This case was tried in 1976.

The Crime

On November 21, 1973 Troy Leon Gregg murdered two men, Fred Simmons and Bob Moore, after picking up Gregg in their car, who was hitchhiking. He was found guilty of both robbery and murder by a jury.

The Argument

Gregg argued that sentencing him to death was a cruel and unusual punishment which violated both the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution.

The Verdict

The Supreme Court ruled Gregg's death sentence constitutional in a 7-2 decision. The reason for this was that Gregg's case was an extreme one (a capital crime) and thus it deserved an extreme (capital) punishment. Also the US Supreme Court agreed with Georgia Supreme Court's ruling that capital punishment helped deter further capital crimes.

"Fun" Fact

Gregg broke out of jail the night before his execution, but then got himself killed in a North Carolina bar fight the very next day.


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