Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 years ago

can anyone give me a summary of what Robinson v. California was?

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  • avgjoe
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Facts of the Case:

    A California statute made it a criminal offense for a person to "be addicted to the use of narcotics." Lawrence Robinson was convicted under the law, which required a sentence of at least ninety days in jail. A state appellate court affirmed Robinson's conviction on appeal.


    Was the California law an infliction of cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment?


    In a 6-to-2 decision, the Court held that laws imprisoning persons afflicted with the "illness" of narcotic addiction inflicted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court likened the law to one making it a criminal offense "to be mentally ill, or a leper, or to be afflicted with a venereal disease," and argued that the state could not punish persons merely because of their "status" of addiction. The Court noted that the law was not aimed at the purchase, sale, or possession of illegal drugs.


    Decision: 6 votes for Robinson, 2 vote(s) against

    Legal provision: Amendment 8: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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  • Susan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    This is a great question. Both were great performances, but Kobe's 81 gets the most attention because let's face it, he plays for the LA Lakers, there's more controversy around him, he demands attention. Anyway, having said the obvious, from a basketball perspective, The Admiral had the better performance overall, more efficient, more rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, even had more pressure to drop that many points because of the scoring title. Robinson missed a few bunnies in that game, and shared the Basketball to the amount of 5 assist. Very underrated performance, should've had 80... not sure we'll see another center do that again in our lifetime. Kobe's 81 was special no doubt, but anyone who picks his performance over Robinson is just plain bias.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the use of civil imprisonment as punishment solely for the misdemeanor crime of addiction to a controlled substance was a violation of the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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  • 10 years ago

    it was a court case!:)

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