Today in History: July 06, 1983

Death Sentence Upheld For Racially Motivated Murder

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to sentence a defendant to death for a racially motivated crime. In Barclay v. Florida, the combination of multiple aggravating circumstances - such as an extensive criminal record and the particularly heinous and cruel nature of the crime - leads the court to find that the death penalty is the proper sentence. It says the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment was not violated.