Rego CUP - Frances vs. Reoweber Facts of the Case: o Willie...

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Frances vs. Reoweber Facts of the Case: o Willie Francis was convicted of murder in September 1945 o He was sentenced to death by the electric chair o On the night of the execution, the electrical current failed kill him, but still traveled through him. o The machine did not function properly anf failed because of a mechanical error o The new death warrant issued for 6 days after the original execution o The defendant argued that a new death warrant robbed him of his due process because it violated the double jeopardy and crual and unusual punishment clauses. o He argued that the psychological strain leading up to the electrocution was cruel and unusual Issue before the court: o The issue before the court was whether or not giving a man the electric chair a second time because of a failure the first time is constitutional; specifically, whether id violated the double jeopardy clause of the 5 th amendment and the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the 8 th amendment. And if it is made applicable to Louisiana by the due process clause of the 14 th amendment Ruling of the Court: o The ruling of the court was a 5-4 decision concluding that giving a man the electric chair for a second time did not violate the double jeopardy clause or the cruel and unusual punishment clause because the second trial
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This note was uploaded on 12/24/2011 for the course ECON 1011 taught by Professor Bob during the Spring '11 term at Bob Jones University.

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Rego CUP - Frances vs. Reoweber Facts of the Case: o Willie...

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