The eighth amendment

Melissa Gomez

eighth amendment stated in a constitution

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

description of the amendment

studies the historical origins of the eighth amendment which speaks of preventing cruel and unusual punishment. covers punishment in colonial America, writing the eighth, defining the eighth amendment, and modern interpretations.

amendment in my own words

what you are punished for should be equal to what your crime was.

supreme court case

a. Stack v. Boyle 1951

b. the supreme court had set guidelines for appropriate bail the lower court had a bail of 50,000 for any 12 who argued for the overthrow of federal government defendants argued the high bail that violated the excessive bail case

c. the court had ruled that the ''bail set a figure higher then an amount reasonably calculated to keep and defeat from fleeing its excessive under the eighth amendment'' they had to order the lower court to set a bail at an amount for each defendant.

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