Woodson v. North Carolina (1976)
Definition - What does Woodson v. North Carolina (1976) mean?
Woodson v. North Carolina is a precedent case, which confirmed that capital punishment was legal, and under which it could be employed without being considered a breach of the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment.
Justipedia explains Woodson v. North Carolina (1976)
The case set out the procedures—which are still followed in relation to capital punishment—when administering the death penalty; one such procedure can be seen through the use of drugs, which are quick-acting, rather than brutal methods such as hanging.