Facing Controversy: Struggling with Capital Punishment in North Carolina

27 March 1973: U.S. Senate Bill S.1401. (detail)

Senator Ervin co-sponsored this bill, intended "To establish rational criteria for the mandatory imposition of the sentence of death..." by federal courts in cases of murder and treason. It was proposed in response to the Furman v. Georgia decision.

(Image from Sam Ervin Jr. Papers, #3847, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

27 March 1973: U.S. Senate Bill S.1401

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