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Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., LLM Biography

Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“The Court granted certiorari in these cases to consider whether the death penalty is any longer a permissible form of punishment. It is the judgment of five Justices that the death penalty, as customarily prescribed and implemented in this country today, offends the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments. The reasons for that judgment are stated in five separate opinions, expressing as many separate rationales. In my view, none of these opinions provides a constitutionally adequate foundation for the Court’s decision.”

“Dissenting Opinion,” Furman v. Georgia, June 29, 1972

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, 1972–1987
  • Partner, Hunton, Williams, Gay, Powell and Gibson, 1933-1971
  • Trustee and General Counsel, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1971
  • President, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1968-1970
  • President, American Bar Association, 1964-1965
  • Chairman, Richmond School Board, 1952-1961
  • Colonel, Intelligence, US Army Corps, WWII
  • LLM, Harvard School of Law, 1932
  • JD, Washington and Lee College, 1931
  • Died in Richmond, VA, 1998
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?