No. 84-6811.

481 U.S. 279 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 22, 1987

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John Charles Boger argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were Julius L. Chambers, James M. Nabrit III, Vivian Berger, Robert H. Stroup, Timothy K. Ford, and Anthony G. Amsterdam.

Mary Beth Westmoreland, Assistant Attorney General of Georgia, argued the cause for respondent. With her on the brief were Michael J. Bowers, Attorney General, Marion O. Gordon, First Assistant Attorney General, and William B. Hill, Jr., Senior Assistant Attorney General.*

JUSTICE POWELL delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case presents the question whether a complex statistical study that indicates a risk that racial considerations enter into capital sentencing determinations proves that petitioner McCleskey's capital sentence is unconstitutional under the Eighth or Fourteenth Amendment.


McCleskey, a black man, was convicted of two counts of armed robbery and one count...

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