Court Cases that changed America
By: Tim White
Supreme Court Case 1: Gregg v. Georgia(1976)
The jury chose the death penalty. After reviewing a similar court case where the evidence and findings were similar, but the penalty was not imposed, Gregg found the punishment "cruel and unusual." He felt as if his 8th and 14th Amendment rights were violated. Still the court ruled that the death penalty would be imposed since he was involved in other crimes before the murder was committed.
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Social: Murder took place in clear daylight
Supreme Court Case 2: Texas v. Johnson(1989)
Supreme Court Case 3: worcester v. georgia (1832)
The head chief of the Cherokee Nation, John Ross, filed with Supreme court that this was unconstitutional and went against their rights to being a sovereign nation.
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Intellectual: Worcester assisted the indian leaders in recognizing their rights
Religious: Worcester's original intention was to spread the word of the Gospel to the Cherokee