Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – Crime, Punishment, and Constitutional Intepretation
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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – Crime, Punishment, and Constitutional Intepretation

>>The 8th Amendment states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Like other Constitutional provisions, though, the prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment cry out for interpretation (sorry to be so dramatic). What is cruel? What is unusual? In Supreme Court jurisprudence and in popular […]

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