7th and 8th Amendment

Mekhi Lee

The 7th Amendment

"In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."

What the 7th Amendment means

The 7th amendment means that you have the right to have your trial heard by a jury. For example, if you are going to sue someone in court and you do not want the judge to make the decision, you can have the jury make the decision of your trial.
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The 8th Amendment

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

What the 8th Amendment means

The 8th amendment means that cruel or unusual punishments are not allowed. Also, excessive bail or fines should not be imposed on a person that committed a crime. For example, if Roger steals 3 packs of gum from a convenient store, and the judge gives him life for in prison for the crime he committed, he should not receive an unusual punishment like that for stealing gum from a store .
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