The death penalty in Georgia has always been a part of the state’s legal code. It has not, however, been completely accepted by all Georgians, and Americans, as the proper, or moral, method of punishment for certain crimes. This has sometimes caused bitter arguments over the issue. Often, both supporters and opponents of the death penalty are not informed about the subject and are unable to discuss the matter rationally—falling back on emotional rhetoric rather than relying on facts to support their argument.
This symposium will focus on the history of the death penalty in Georgia and how it has impacted both state and national procedures for cases involving the death penalty. Some of the presentations will be: Georgia's "Bloody Codes", an overview of the death penalty issue in the twentieth century, Coker v. Georgia, Furman v. Georgia, Gregg v. Georgia, challenges to the death penalty, and a talk by a former death row inmate. The two day symposium will end with a public forum. For further information contact:
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