Logourl black
From our private database of 14,200+ case briefs...

Tison v. Arizona

United States Supreme Court
481 U.S. 137 (1987)


Facts

Gary Tison was an inmate serving a sentence of life imprisonment for killing a guard during an attempted escape. On July 30, 1978, several years into his sentence, his brother and two sons, Ricky and Raymond Tison (defendants), attempted to free Gary from prison. They brought an ice chest full of weapons to the prison and armed both Gary and his cellmate, Randy Greenawalt. They locked the prison guards and other visitors in a closet and proceeded to escape in a Ford automobile. They then abandoned the Ford and decided to steal another car to continue their escape. Raymond flagged down a car occupied by a man and three of his family members. To Ricky and Raymond’s surprise, Gary and Randy shot and killed all four occupants of the car while Ricky and Raymond were at a distance getting water. Both Ricky and Raymond were convicted of felony-murder and sentenced to death.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 252,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.