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The week in history: June 29-July 5

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 40: The US Supreme Court is seen following oral arguments in Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG, dealing with the subpoenas from the US Congress to obtain US President Donald Trumps financial records, which was heard via a teleconference due to COVID-19, known as coronavirus, in Washington, DC, May 12, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

June 29, 1972: US Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court suspended capital punishment while delivering its decision in Furman v. Georgia case, calling it unconstitutional and in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Its ruling suggested that to make death constitutional again new legislation was needed such as formation of standardized guidelines by juries taking decision on sentences. The new death-penalty laws were enacted by 37 states to overcome the court’s objections. In 1976, the death penalty was reinstated under a “model of guided discretion.”

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