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8th Amendment of the Constitution

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Crabtownboy, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    The 8th amendment states:

    In your opinion what is "cruel and unusual punishment?
     
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    I presume this was added to prevent some forms of punishment back in the day that was considered cruel--the stockades in the public square, burning of alleged witches, the stretching rack, etc.

    I guess it would also include capital punishment for minors and the mentally ill.

    A lengthy sentence for a relatively light crime.

    Deciding what is cruel and unusual punishment is all someone's opinion, isn't it?
     
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    Bill and Hillary Clinton locked up together in the same jail cell for life.
     
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    Really? They deserve each other. Could make for interesting entertainment if a Webcam was installed in their cell. :laugh:
     
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    "Cruel" is causing undue harm. The death penalty is not cruel in and of itself. It becomes cruel when it causes undue physical or mental anguish.



    "Unusual" is a form of punishment that is not usually assigned for that crime. If almost everybody gets 3-5 years for armed robbery, and then someone gets life, that's unusual.
     
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    Cutting off the hands of thieves?

    Public lashing for comments on a blog?

    Public execution for blasphemy, acts of homosexuality, treason, or murder?

    Death by stoning for adultery?

    Cutting off a hand *and* foot for banditry (theft)?

    Death or crucifixion for banditry that involves murder?

    So how do we define "cruel and unusual punishment"?
     
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    Dude, don't turn my dream into a nightmare okay? :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    :laugh::laugh:
     
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    Punishment that is more cruel and unusual than the crime comited.
     
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    Eight years with Obama as president.
     
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    !!!!

    Not to mention having to listen to Hillary drone on.
     
  12. Don

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    Sorry; just saw another one: beheading for witchcraft/sorcery.

    SO: How do we define "cruel and unusual punishment"?
     
  13. revmwc

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    Cruel = you cannot torture a confession out of them for one, Cannot play hothand with them like the Romans did with Christ just to be vindictive.

    Unusual = out of the norm not the same as normal punishment would be for that crime. In other words 30 years for a misdemeanor crime would be unusual.

    Outside of what God instituted would be unusual or cruel. Since God instituted Capital punishment then Capital Punishment would not apply as cruel and unusual.
     
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    Acceptable. What say you, CTB?
     
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    Some examples of cruel and unusual from the history of the Democrat Party: Slavery, abortion, the notion that s0d0my is natural, Jim Crow, KKK.
     
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    Having to read through your rants and ridiculous posts. Believe me, killing a killer is not cruel. And why do we worry about their pain. Did they worry about their victims pain and suffering when they murdered them? I think not!
     
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