Coker v. Georgia
In Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 (1977), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibited applying the death penalty for the crime of rape. This decision agreed with a lower court ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit nearly a decade earlier in Ralph v. Warden, 438 F.2d 786 (4th Cir. 1970). Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice William Rehnquist dissented, and Justice Lewis Powell dissented in part.