Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution Essays

  • Death Penalty: Francis V. Resweber

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    Research Paper: Capital Punishment Capital punishment is one of the most controversial and talked-about topics in the United States today. It is an issue that is not explicitly mentioned in our constitution, so states have been left to interpret the law. As of April 2017, 32 states in the US legally allow the death penalty. Of the 18 states that have banned it, the most recent was Maryland in 2013. The topic is so controversial that the Supreme Court has gotten involved many times, deciding on more

  • 8th Amendment In To Kill A Mockingbird

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    In order to understand the Eighth Amendment and how it pertains to To Kill A Mockingbird, one needs to understand the unjust ways the death penalty was implemented in the 1930’s with minority groups, especially African Americans. To this day, some still argue over whether the death penalty is discriminating towards African Americans and other minority groups or if it is even constitutional. In the novel, Atticus Finch, a white man, accepts the challenge of defending a black man, Tom Robinson for

  • Don T Breathe Film Analysis

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    Don’t Breathe portrays suspense and fear in similar ways to other thriller films. In the beginning Rocky acted by Jane Levy, Money acted by Daniel Zovatto, and Alex acted by Dylan Minnette begin by robbing different homeowners as a means to acquire money to support their family as well sell the unneeded items. This excitement ended when they decided to rob a blind veteran who supposedly has $300,000 in cash in his home. Money without thinking of the repercussions decides to break in and attempt at

  • Use Of Public Humiliation In The Scarlet Letter

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    Public humiliation violates the 8th Amendment for being a cruel punishment. The 8th Amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” meaning that if the punishments are unconstitutional by law the punishments should not be used and another

  • Why Teenagers Should Be Allowed

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    All our life we commit mistakes, but should a young teen’s life be taken away in a an instant because of an idiotic mistake they made? According to the eighth amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” It would be cruel to give a young teen a mandatory life sentence without parole without giving them the chance to redeem him/herself and get their life back together. I understand that there are crimes that have no forgiveness

  • Reflection On Declaration Of Independence

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    The Declaration of Independence is writing to send to King George telling him that the United States of America were separating from his rule. The men who sent it to him also sent a list of grievances along with it. Grievance number sixteen said, “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.” This grievance means that King George wouldn’t let them trade with anyone else in the world except with Britain. King George also made the citizens pay

  • 8th Amendment Importance

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    The Constitution of the United States is the concrete platform that the nation is built upon which contains fundamental principles in which our nation is governed by. However, much of the Constitution is very ambiguous which leads to controversy in the court room. For example, the Eighth Amendment which states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (Baltzell). The first part of the Eighth Amendment protects accused citizens

  • Atkins Argumentative Essay

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    accomplices robbed a grocery store in Houston, Texas. During the robbery, Moore shot and killed the store clerk, a 76-year-old man named James McCarble and was consequently convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Moore appealed in both state and federal habeas relief courts and was granted relief by a federal court in the Fifth Circuit after arguing that precedent established in Atkins v. Virginia applied to his case. The habeas court granted relief based on the Atkins argument but the

  • Plessy V. Ferguson Case

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    schools. The landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court in 1896, upheld public segregation based on the color of one’s skin, is known as Plessy v. Ferguson ​ . The decision by the justices on the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of separate but equal facilities based on race ​ .​ The practice of segregation based on race stayed in effect for over sixty years until it was overturned in 1954 by the Supreme Court decision in

  • Supreme Court Cases: The Plessy V. Ferguson Case

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    Can be separate but equal? The supreme court thought so in 1892.Just before The Supreme court decided this the 14th amendment was passed. It stated that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States”(The United States Constitution) were considered citizens. In the next coming years tension grew as African Americans soon found out that their separate stations were not equal to the white stations. Homer Plessy was the first to stand up and voice his opinion.The Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court

  • Examples Of Equality In America

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    said “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it”. Equality is having the same rights as someone or thing does, being treated fairly. The dictionary stated that equality is “ the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability”. Some examples of equality would be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous I have a dream speech on August 28,1963. Also there was a law passed to abolish slavery

  • Death Penalty Pros And Cons

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    Also in the major part of north Africa (Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Egypt), countries of Asia as China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Singapour, Indonesia. And also even in the American continent, putting in the first place the United States of America. But the death penalty is not only used by countries as a way of legal punishment, also a lot of extremist and terrorist groups use it. But, does really the death penalty has a positive impact? It is shown that the countries that use

  • Censorship: The Banning Of Books In Schools

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    In the United States Constitution the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” ("First Amendment.”) How is it in a country where freedom of speech is held so sacred, we are unable to read about it in books? Another question might be, why are we unable to protect our children from such harmful materials? These are questions asked by many as we experience

  • Disenfranchisement Pros And Cons

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    disenfranchised felons. However, a more jarring statistic reveals that most disenfranchised felons in the United States are of a racial or ethnic minority. Based on information from the 2010 US Census Bureau, about 36 percent of disenfranchised felons are African American. The large percentage also puts a different scope on felon disenfranchisement laws as these

  • The Importance Of The First Ten Amendments

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    government can’t control. The Constitution lays out the building blocks of the United States of America and the first ten amendments are what are known as the Bill of Rights. Having the Bill of Rights in our Constitution plays a big role on how government power is distributed. Our Founders wanted us to have as much freedom as possible without causing chaos. Instead of having all power and freedom rely on one government, we decided to break it down. Now the country and states individually can have their

  • School Dress Codes Research Paper

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    CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS The United States Constitution protects the fundamental rights of any and all American citizens. By calling out students for how to choose to express themselves, school officials violate the elementary rights that were guaranteed by the founding fathers. Religion and Race. School dress codes often contain outrageous rules that target different religions and races. For instance, take the case of Nashala Hearn. Nashala, a 13-year-old student, was not permitted her right as an

  • Jim Crow Law: The Plessy Vs. Ferguson Case

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    to prove that the Jim Crow lawintervened with the fourteenth amendment in May 18, 1896. To give you a brief description about the Fourteenth Amendment, The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868 in the US Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment broad goal was to ensure that the Civil Rights Act passed in 1866 would remain valid ensuring that "all persons born in the United States..." people that are born in the United States of America are given citizenship. Also, born citizenship provides

  • Civil Rights In The Cold War South Analysis

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    cannot vote. Therefore the right to vote is a civil rights issue because in States that don’t allow it – the majority of the voters are denying something to a minority – creating inequality in the ways that the laws work. To make things more confusing, often lawyers typically talk about ‘substantive’ and ‘procedural’ liberties but they usually call them ‘Rights’ instead of ‘Liberties’.

  • Case Study: Korematsu V. The US

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    -Name: Korematsu v. The United States Project What are human rights (U.S. government)? Human rights are the fundamental rights reserved to protect the people in every country and which government cannot violate. An example according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are the Natural Rights once quoted by John Locke, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person" (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights |United Nations). What are civil rights (U.S. government)

  • Amendments To The Constitution Essay About Equality

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    the Constitution was written, many people were unequal, but over time, Twenty-Seven alterations (amendments) to the Constitution were made, fixing most problems with equality. In the amendment activity, I learned that the First Amendment gives individuals equality by allowing them to have their own opinions and not be treated unlike a person with different opinions. Although many people have achieved equality through the amendments of the Constitution, some people think that the Constitution does