Gregg v Georgia


Troy Leon Gregg robbed a bank and killed two people. For doing this he was sentenced to death. Gregg thought that his 8th and 15th amendments were being violated because he thought that death was a cruel and unusual punishment for his actions. Then he was able to go to court because Gregg thought that it is was an unfair punishment.

Amendments being violated

Amendment 8- Forbids exorbitant bails and fines and punishment that is unusual or cruel.

Amendment 14- Right to be free from discrimination in states to have due process of law, to have equal protection of the law

The Final Dissension

The supreme court decided that this was a good punishment. They decided this because it meet with the two criterias.
  1. The scheme must provide objective criteria to direct and limit the death sentencing discretion. The objectiveness of these criteria must in turn be ensured by appellate review of all death sentences.

  2. The scheme must allow the sentencer (whether judge or jury) to take into account the character and record of an individual defendant.