Eighth Amendment

Written In Constitution

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

Amendment Included Because...

People believed it was unfair to go to jail for life for stealing bread or to pay $50,000 for speeding.

Amendment in Easier Terms

Right against cruel and unusual punishments.

Supreme Court Case

In 1998 United States vs. Bejakajian.

Hosep Krikor Bajakajian went to Cyprus to pay off debts but you aren't legally aloud to bring over $10,000 out of the U.S and not tell a concerned authority figure the exact amout of money you have. So Bajakajian violated the Executive Fine Clause but the penalty given to him was disproportional.

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