Bell v. Ohio

LOCATION: Tellico Dam

DOCKET NO.: 76-6513
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: Ohio Supreme Court

CITATION: 438 US 637 (1978)
ARGUED: Jan 17, 1978
DECIDED: Jul 03, 1978

H. Fred Hoefle - for petitioner
Leonard Kirschner - for respondent

Facts of the case


Media for Bell v. Ohio

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - January 17, 1978 in Bell v. Ohio

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - July 03, 1978 in Bell v. Ohio

Warren E. Burger:

I have the judgment to announce in two cases 76-6997, Lockett against Ohio and 76-6513 Bell against Ohio, each of these involving the death penalty statutes of the state of Ohio and for reasons stated in an opinion for the justices supported by others who joined the judgment.

The Supreme Court of Ohio is affirmed as to the judgment of conviction in each case.

But reversed in each case to the extent that those judgments sustained the imposition of the death penalty.

The cases are each remanded to that Court for further proceedings not inconsistent with this Court's judgment.

Justices White, Marshall, Blackmun and Rehnquist each filed separate opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part.

Mr. Justice Brennan took no part in either the consideration or the decision of the case.