Corker v georgia 433 u s 584

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Corker v georgia 433 u s 584

Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court refused to sustain a death sentence for armed robbery because, for one reason, death had been so seldom imposed for this crime in other cases that such a sentence was excessive, and could not be sustained under the statute.

As it did in this case, however, the Georgia Supreme Court apparently continues to recognize armed robbery as a capital offense for the purpose of applying the aggravating circumstances provisions of the Georgia Code.

It is likewise unnecessary to consider the rape-felony murder -- a rape accompanied by the death of the victim which was unlawfully but nonmaliciously caused by the defendant.

Where the third aggravating circumstance mentioned in the text is present -- that the rape is particularly vile or involves torture or aggravated battery -- it would seem that the defendant could very likely be convicted, tried, and appropriately punished for this additional conduct.

Adhering to my view that the death penalty is in all circumstances cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, Gregg v.

The death penalty, I concluded, is a cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. That continues to be my view. I continue to adhere to those views in concurring in the judgment of the Court in this case.

The plurality, however, does not limit its holding to the case before us, or to similar cases. Rather, in an opinion that ranges well beyond what is necessary, it holds that capital punishment always -- regardless of the circumstances -- is a disproportionate penalty for the crime of rape.

The Georgia statute, sustained in Gregg v. With respect to the crime of rape, only three such circumstances are specified: Only the third circumstance describes in general the offense of aggravated rape, often identified as a separate and more heinous offense than rape.

Corker v georgia 433 u s 584

Draft, ; Nev. That third circumstance was not submitted Page U. It is therefore quite unnecessary for the plurality to write in terms so sweeping as to foreclose each of the 50 state legislatures from creating a narrowly defined substantive crime of aggravated rape punishable by death.


Thus, capital punishment may be imposed on those sentenced in accordance with the procedures identified in Gregg and Woodson v. North Carolina, U.

Today, in a case that does not require such an expansive pronouncement, the plurality draws a bright line between murder and all rapes -- regardless of the degree of brutality of the rape or the effect upon the victim.

I dissent because I am not persuaded that such a bright line is appropriate. As noted in Snider v. Rape is never an act committed accidentally. Rarely can it be said to be unpremeditated. There also is wide variation in the effect on the victim. The plurality opinion says that "[l]ife is over for the victim of the murderer; for the rape victim, life may not be nearly so happy as it was, but it is not over and normally is not beyond repair.

But there is indeed "extreme variation" in the crime of rape. Some victims are so grievously injured physically or psychologically that life is beyond repair.

Thus, it may be that the death penalty is not disproportionate punishment for the crime of aggravated rape. Georgia, supra at U. North Carolina, supra at U. The plurality properly examines these indicia, which do support the conclusion that society finds the death penalty unacceptable for the crime of rape in the absence of excessive brutality or severe injury.

But it has not been shown that society finds the penalty disproportionate for all rapes. In a proper case, a more discriminating inquiry than the plurality undertakes well might discover that both juries and legislatures have reserved the ultimate penalty for the case of an outrageous rape resulting in serious, lasting harm to the victim.

I would not prejudge the issue. To this extent, I respectfully dissent. See also Ralph v. The legislative task of defining, with appropriate specificity, the elements of the offense of aggravated rape would not be easy, see Furman v.

Post at U. The dissent emphasizes the difficulties of proof. But the jury system is designed and operates successfully to resolve precisely this type of factual issue. The law of negligence, for example, is replete with issues requiring the jury to determine degrees of culpability and the extent or permanency of physical and psychological injury.

That opinion, however, did not prevail, and -- as with most of the writing in Furman -- it now must be read in light of Gregg and Woodson is a place to share and follow research. Maurizio_Mansi Federico_Celestini Amaechi_Moshe (Georgia_politician) Krishnamachari_Srinivasan Butch_Miller_(politician) Kookkanam_Rahman Tulinabo_S._Mushingi Kate_Quilton D.D._Johnston Germaine_Kouméalo_Anaté.

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Corker v georgia 433 u s 584

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