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Moral Clarity

In the English Bill of Rights of 1689 it says:

That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted;

This was essentially copied for the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

With a more detailed discussion provided by the decision in Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972).

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September 21, 2006   2 Comments