The Eighth Amendment

Henry Imolehin 2nd blk 12-10-14

The Eighth Amendment

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

Court Case

On the night of August 16, 1996, Daryl Atkins and William Jones went to a convenience store to buy beer. Atkins was, at that time, in possession of a firearm that was concealed behind his belt. He asked several people around the store for money. Eric Nesbitt, a 21-year-old airman stationed at Langley Air Force Base, entered the store and had a short conversation with Atkins. Upon exiting the store, Atkins and Jones forced themselves into Nesbitt's truck. Atkins instructed Nesbitt to give him money from his wallet and then forced him to withdraw money from an automatic teller machine. Atkins and Jones took Nesbitt to a deserted field in Yorktown and shot him eight times.

On June 20, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia, that the execution of persons with mental retardation was in fact unconstitutional.

My Court Case

In mid year of 1692 a young girl who was about 11 was put to trail for being a so called "witch" there was no major proof other than the fact that she had wild outbursts and could speak more than 1 language. due to these two thing the courts automatically assumed that that she practiced witchcraft and was a presumed "witch". She was due to be hanged on September 13, 1662 and the plan was accomplished. Because we have the 8th amendment today injustices like this cant be done.

Cited Sources

  • Website Title: History.com
  • Article Title: Salem Witch Trials
  • Publisher: A&E Television Networks
  • Date Accessed: December 08, 2014

  • Website Title: Daryl Renard Atkins - Mental Retardation - the International Justice Project
  • Article Title: Daryl Renard Atkins - Mental Retardation - the InternationalJustice Project
  • Date Accessed: December 11, 2014