cruel and unusual punishment

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punishment prohibited by the 8th amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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stated that fines can be cruel and unusual punishment, (87) and in fact,
Any sign of pain during execution became, to critics of capital punishment, provides an indication that cruel and unusual punishment occurred.
"The Supreme Court said that it is cruel and unusual punishment that a juvenile would have to spend their life behind bars without parole, but it is also cruel and unusual punishment that after only 15 years and every five years thereafter, a victim's family would have to relive such a horrible tragedy,'' said state Sen.
Parr, Symmetric Proportionality: A New Perspective on the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause, 68 TENN.
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The punishments targeted by the prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishments" were punishments beyond what the common law provided for offenses of conviction, imposed on the legally and morally irrelevant ground that the offender was a political or religious adversary of the King.
Another addition to the series is Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's Freedom From Cruel And Unusual Punishment (07377-19257, $32.45), which explores the death penalty, and what kinds of punishment are deemed 'cruel and unusual'.
One, according to the Congressional Record, "objected to the words 'nor cruel and unusual punishment,' the import of them being too indefinite." Another noted presciently in opposing the amendment that: The clause seems to express a great deal of humanity, on which account I have no objection to it; but as it seems to have no meaning in it, I do not think it necessary.
The Court stated that, "General considerations fall far short in themselves of proving cruel and unusual punishment, for there is no evidence that double celling under these circumstances either inflicts unnecessary or wanton pain or is grossly disproportionate to the severity of crimes warranting imprisonment." Here, the condition of the cells was modern and well-equipped.
The Court ruled 7-2 that the death penalty is not "cruel and unusual punishment" forbidden by the U.S.
How can it not be cruel and unusual punishment? The cruelty and mean spiritedness of our legislature and executive knows no bound.
Constitution prohibits the imposition of "cruel and unusual punishment." Either the imposition of a particular sentence, or the conduct of corrections officials in carrying out a sentence, may be challenged under the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
A state prison inmate sued prison officials, alleging that officers inflicted cruel and unusual punishment on him in violation of the Eighth Amendment during an altercation.
WASHINGTON -- The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision ruled that the execution of murderers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, was a violation of the constitutional ban on "cruel and unusual punishment".