eighth amendment

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amendment 8

excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.


Leavitt, Amie Jane. Bill of Rights in Translation : What It Really Means. Mankato: Capstone, 2009. Ebook

historical background

in the 17 century England capital punishment was very common. 250 crimes were punishable by death.

"Eighth Amendment." Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

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my definition

bail should equivalent to your crime and your punishment should also be in the same range of the crime.

supreme court case

leandro andrade VS california 2002

leandro was sentenced to fifty yeas in prison because he stole video tapes


the court should have not sent him to jail for 50 years just for stealing a tape. maybe a fine would have been better.