8th Amendment

Triniti Neal

What is it?

The 8th amendment prohibits the federal government imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishment.

Was the amendment a good idea?

I believe that the 8th amendment was a good idea, I don't believe people should be punished with cruel or unusual punishment. No one should be hung, electrocuted, or whipped for committing a crime. Its not humanly. I also don't think that the judge should be able to do whatever they would like with the criminal .In some cases they accuse the wrong person and if so then they took an innocent persons life.


Furman v. Georgia, 1972

William Furman was sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murder while he was attempting to burglarize a house. Furman appealed before the court. According to Justice Potter Stewart, the death penalty was clearly handed out to Furman mainly because he was a black man. Thus, it violated the Eighth Amendment.

Wilkerson v. Utah, 1878

Walker Wilkerson was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1878. The court decided that Wilkerson would be executed publicly. The defendant made an appeal on the ground that hanging was the approved form of execution at the time and not firing squad (method of capital punishment mostly common in the military and in times of war).However, the Supreme Court favored the decision.

Gregg v. Georgia, 1976

Tony Gregg was sentenced to death after he was found guilty for armed robbery and murder. Gregg believed that the sentence was unconstitutional. However, the Supreme Court argued against his claim. He already underwent two separate trials, which carefully considered several mitigating and aggravating factors.


The 8th amendment Is part of the Bill of Rights which is the First Ten Amendments in the United States Constitution. It was the Founding Fathers desire to give the government to the people and take it away from the rulers and judges who might cause any amount of excessive bail or cruel and unusual punishment they wished. The 8th amendment has its origin in the British Magna Carta of 1215. In 1689 the principle was put into the English Bill of Rights by Parliament.


The amendment connects to me because if I or someone I knew were to go to jail I would know that they wouldn't be punished in a cruel or unusual way.