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The 8th Amendment

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Olivia Favila

on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of The 8th Amendment

This seems to me to be cruel and unusual punishment. Example: In the 1910 case of Weems vs. United States, Paul Weems was convicted of falsifying a document with the intent of defrauding the government. Weems was sentenced 15 years in prison with certain conditions. He was to be shackled from wrist to ankle and worked as a hard laborer. Weems then challenged the the sentence as a violation of cruel and unusual punishment. The Supreme Court agreed that such a serious punishment was unnecessary for a minor case like that and was a complete violaton of the 8th Amendment. How does this affect us today? It is the basis for the debate on whether the death penalty is unconstitutional or not. why would our Founding Fathers write this? This has been an inside look of the 8th Amendment. By; Illianna Lopez and Olivia Favila #deathpenalty$w@qq Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. THE 8TH AMENDMENT The Founding Fathers wrote the 8th amendment in order to protect the American people from harm when they have done a minor crime.
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