Amendments Seven and Eight

Amendment Seven

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.

In My Own Word This Means

If you are accused of a crime, you have the right to have a trial determined by the jury. If you are not guilty, no one can take you to court again for that same crime that you were accused of.

Doctor fought for jury trial and lost.

A $200 mistake cost Dr. Morris Kinast his right to a jury trial. So later this month, the process of defending the doctor will continue in a civil bench trial, before a solitary judge. It’s not what his lawyers wanted. They preferred a jury decide if Kinast is to blame for the 2009 suicide of Christian Berry, an 11-year-old boy from Alliance.

May 12, 2013 @ 12:01 p.m.

Amendment eight

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

In my own words this means

If you are a criminal, you can not be treated rudely, or brutality.

An execution in Texas was a moral failure and a legal one

April 4, 2014

The state of Texas on Thursday executed a man named Tommy Sells after a series of whipsawing court decisions that ultimately denied Sells his due process right to investigate whether the lethal injection met constitutional standards. This is no defense of Sells. If evil exists in this world, he was it , responsible for a series of known heinous murders, and who knows how many others. But that is still insufficient cause for the government to kill him. It is sufficient cause to have locked Sells away from society until he died of natural causes.