Amendment Eight


Explanation of Amendment Eight

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.The 8th Amendment has its history in the British Magma Carta of 1215. In it, the idea that punishments ought to fit the crime was committed in this quote "A free man shall not be fined for a small offense unless according to the measure of the offense, and for a great offense he shall be fined according to the greatness of the offense." Magna Carta was the first English document that placed restrictions on the sovereign from violating certain agreed upon rights of the people.In my opinion the eighth amendment is one of the most important cause it setts a limit on how much damage they did and what it will take to let them go.

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The Eighth Amendment Today

Over the years, the Supreme Court has basically determined that the 8th Amendment for bids some punishments completely, while forbidding other punishments that are excessive in comparison to the crime, or in comparison to the mental competence of the accused.In later years, however, some justices on the Court have begun turning away from this principle. The supreme court have not promised or implied that they will be using this method for the rest of their years.

The Death Penalty

The number one punishment to give to a person is the death penalty. The person would have to have committed some of the worst crimes possible to have the death penalty. Some states do not have the death penalty they think that punishment is to cruel and decide that they should just rot in prison or give a bail that is impossible to pay.
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