Charles Proffitt of Florida was sentenced to death after stabbing a man to death in the course of robbing his home.
The case was appealed to the US Supreme Court and became a companion case to Gregg v. Georgia
, Jurek v. Texas
, Woodson v. North Carolina
, and Roberts v. Louisiana
, 428 U.S. 153 (1976). The cases are generally referred to as Gregg, or as James S. Liebman called them, the July 2 Cases.
The cases reaffirmed the application of the death penalty in the United States of America. All previous death penalty laws had been overturned in Furman v Georgia
408 U.S. 238 (1972), which some people had thought or hoped would end the death penalty in the USA.Gregg v Georgia in Wikipedia