cruel and unusual punishment

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Noun1.cruel and unusual punishment - punishment prohibited by the 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution; includes torture or degradation or punishment too severe for the crime committed
penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment - the act of punishing
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Excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The death penalty could be declared unconstitutional consistent with the original meaning of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause--but not yet.
The Seventh Amendment requires jury trials in most civil cases, while the Eighth Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments," a term that continues to be the subject of intense debate.
Understanding the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause as a
In March 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty for crimes committed by people under 18 violates the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." That might have surprised the people who ratified the Amendment in 1791, many of whom found such executions neither cruel nor unusual.
instructive for its interpretation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of 'cruel and unusual punishments.'" Though the court referenced international opinion and international treaties as authorities in footnotes of past decisions (such as the 1988 Thompson v.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted?
The Case for Applying the Cruel and Unusual Punishments 583
Constitution declares, "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." The Amendment does not establish the body-as-gauge.
One of the most commonly invoked examples of this claimed weakness is the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, whose original meaning would (it is argued) authorize barbaric punishment practices like flogging and branding, and disproportionate punishments like the death penalty for relatively minor offenses.
If you take a look at the 8th Amendment in the US Constitution, it literally states, "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." You see, as a citizen of the United States, it is your American right to be allowed to land the majority of your tricks and still be a skateboarder.
Instead, the language of the Eighth Amendment affirmatively contemplates an assessment of the cruelty of a practice by prohibiting "cruel and unusual punishments." (10) While the Court acts appropriately, then, in assessing cruelty, it is the balancing of the cruelty and unusualness components of the Eighth Amendment that has led to some confusion.