supreme-court.jpgGregg v. Georgia Background - A petitioner named troy Gregg was charged with commiting an armed robbery and murder. Based on the evidence that he had killed and robbed two men, he was found guilty of two counts of armed robbery and two counts of murder. The penalty was a death sentence or life in prison. It would be murder if it was found beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) the murder was commited while the offender was engaged in the commsion of other capital felonies and the armed robberies of victims, (2) that he commited the murder for the purpose of reciving the victoms money and automobile,(3) that the murder was vile and inhumane "In that involves the depratives of the line of the defendant". The Jury found the first two of these offenses to be true, therefore he ended up returning to the death sentence. external image gavel.jpg
Constitutional significance - This case involving Troy Gregg involved the 8th and 14th amemdments which were questionably violated. The right to a speedy and public trial and being protected equally like others under the law. In the end in a seven to two conclusion, the court and jury invovled decided that his death sentence did not violate the eight or fourteenth amendment. If one person deliberatly attempts to kill another, the death sentence is valid if used carefully.
Precedent set by this case - The death penalties use was rethought out and changed. The death penalty is used more carefully.
Important Items - Armer robbery - robbery when the person robbing is armed with weaponry. Murder - A human killing another human. Inhumane - Lacking the key qualities that make you human. Qualities like sympathy and compassion. Unconstiutional - Not following the rules of the constitution. Guilty - When one has commited a crime or violation, they are now guilty of it. Death penalty - The final punishment for those who commit the worst crime. By Kenton