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In Jurek v Texas (1976), Jurek claimed the death penalty and capital sentencing process both violate the 8th Amendment. However, Jurek's death sentence was upheld, demonstrating that a state's right to have its own process for imposing the death penalty is legal.
Proffitt v. Florida (1976) challenged the constitutionality of Florida's capital-sentencing process and Proffitt's death sentence on the grounds that both were "cruel and unusual" punishments. The 7-2 decision by a group of white men concluded that it wasn't cruel or unusual.
SCOTUS clarified the Furman v. Georgia ruling (1972) in Gregg v. Georgia (1976), restoring the death penalty to be narrowly targeted. Thus, the death sentence was meant to be reserved only for the most serious crimes and was intended to reduce discretion. #endthedeathpenalty