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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Law and Justice – Citizen and State – 8.7 Aristotle and Constitutional Thought
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Law and Justice – Citizen and State – 8.7 Aristotle and Constitutional Thought

>>>>Aristotle’s “Politics” offers one of the most influential accounts of constitutional theory in all of history. Aristotle is a great philosopher about the nature of constitutions, and he’s a great observer of the experiments in constitutionalism that had taken place across the Greek world in the classical period. And his “Politics” reflects on those experiences, […]

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