Pre-US Reports Printing of an Important Supreme Court Decision Concerning the Death Penalty Inscribed by Justice Powell Supreme Court of the United States. [Powell, Lewis F. (1907-1998)]. (Slip Opinion) Eddings v Oklahoma, Certiorari to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma. [Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1982]. ii, 12, 3, , 8 pp. Complete. Presentation inscription by Justice Stevens to head of first page. Fine. $300. * This decision concerned the first case since capital punishment was reinstated in which the Court overturned the death sentence of a minor, stating it violated the 8th Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishments." Justice Powell wrote the opinion of the Court. Bench opinions are issued by the U.S. Supreme Court immediately after the announcement of a decision. Slip opinions are issued afterwards. Often incorporating corrections, they are the first printings of a decision intended for wide dissemination and review. After that stage the revised slip opinions are added to the latest paperback volume of U.S. Reports. A year later, that volume is printed in its final, authoritative, hardcover form.
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