Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 8--Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Ratified 12/15/1791
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

What is “cruel and unusual punishment”? In other words, does this mean that the punishment should fit the crime, or is the death penalty too cruel for even a cold-blooded killer? Explain.

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