7-9 amendments

by: kryslyn & madison

amendment 7

  • civil trials- trial by jury is guaranteed in any law suit which involves a claim of more than $20
  • In United States v. Wonson, the Supreme Court created the historical test for determining whether a law was eligible for trial by jury. The court reasoned here that if a case under English common law was eligible for trial by jury, then it was also eligible under the 7th amendment.

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8th amendment

  • prohibits cruel and unusual punishments, but also mentions “excessive fines” and bail.
  • The 8th amendment was created to protect against unfair treatment of individuals accused or convicted of a crime.
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9th amendment

  • This amendment means that nothing written in the Constitution can be used to cancel amendments to it.

    The 9th amendment was created by James madison. He came up with the idea as a safeguard to abusive leaders in the future.

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10th amendment

  • The 10th amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to further define the balance of power between the federal government and the states. The amendmen says that the federal government has only those powers specifically granted by the Constitution.

    It's clear the 10th amendment was written to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government.

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We believe all these amendments have greatly impacted our lives. Without these amendments we could have a very over run court system because the point of the civil trials is so if you're going for a divorce you're not having to sit next to a major criminal. The death penalty could still be in practice which is cruel and un-usual punishment. At some point in history an amendment could have been made to over write another that someone just didn't like. And we see now today that we need all of them. And lastly U.S officials could be given too much power that could put America in danger.