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Should Youths Receive Life Sentences?

Should Youths Receive Life Sentences? | The 8th Amendment | Scoop.it
Navigating the 8th amendment
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This news video took my same exact thoughts. I believe that if you are 16 or over, you should be able to recieve life sentences in prison depending on the type of crime you have committed. Most 16 year olds have matured by that age so they should be able to know the difference between good and bad.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2014 8:54 AM
There is interesting challenge in the legal system! If you are tried for a crime as an adult, many would argue you should be charged as an adult (including the death penalty).
Maureen Disque's comment, March 5, 2014 3:08 PM
Even as a youth you know the consiquences of what can happen when handling a gun. If a young teen purposely shot someone they shouldn't be given a shorter sentence because they are under 18. The consiquences should be handled just as it would for an adult.
Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 12, 2014 11:45 PM
I think this article is really interesting and raises a very wide opinionated debate. I think it would depend on the extent of the crime they committed.
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FERC’s proposed penalties for market manipulation: do they violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on excessive fines? | Lexology

FERC’s proposed penalties for market manipulation: do they violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on excessive fines? | Lexology | The 8th Amendment | Scoop.it
In the past year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued over five orders directing various companies and individuals to show cause why…
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an association involved in saving energy. The "FERC" issued 5 orders to various companies relating the topic. They are receiving civil penalties ranging from $1 million to $435. "FERC"  thinks that this is violating the 8th amendment against excessive fines. If "FERC" confronted the companies rudely they should get a higher charge, but just informing the companies can not hurt. That is how people advertise and alert people now a days.

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The 8th Amendment

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This website provided a simple and brief overview of the 3 parts of the 8th amendment. When sent to court, the judge or court office can not assign the accused to person to an excessive bail. If this were to be aloud, judges would be able to stereotype the accused person and just decide that there guilty just to make the bail higher in cost. When a person commits a crime, there crime sets a bail. If they show up to trial, there bail can be used to get out of jail. If they do not show up for trial, there bail money will be taken away. No cruel or unusual punishments are also inflicted. This part of the amendment prevents the government to punish in any strange way. For example, "dunking" and is no longer used andsome states still use the torcher of the electric chair.

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Eighth Amendment

Eighth Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
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I found this video really cool to watch. They showed many,many cruel and unusual punishments that have happened in not ony the United States but in other countries as well. All of the money in this video represented fines and the judges represented excessive bail. 

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8th Amendment Bill of Rights

Today, We Have to Use Each Right or We Will Forever Lose That Right. Excerpts from a class presented by a famous, current-day Constitutional Lawyer, Michael ...
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Michael Badnarik believes that the 8th amendment is useless. He believes that fines could come out to be more than they are given to be. My opinion is that if you do not agree with the pricing of a ticket or fine, why would you impose the action that you did to begin with? If you intended on the crime, you should be able to deal with the consequences.

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Justices reject death penalty for child rapists - USATODAY.com

Justices reject death penalty for child rapists - USATODAY.com | The 8th Amendment | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court's vigorous rejection Wednesday of the death penalty for the crime of child rape bolsters its recent pattern of limiting capital punishment.
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This article is from 2008. After a young girl was raped by her step-father, people were questioning whether the man could be put to th death penalty for his action. I feel that the dea penalty should still be used but for certain types of crimes. If someone was to commit a cruel crime, I believe that that person should have to sit in jail for the rest of their life and deal with what they have caused. But, there are always the people who still do not care. Those type of people should be put to death, but in a cruel way. They should have to suffer if they were to be killed.

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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:09 PM

This is related to the 8th Amendment because they discuss whether or not the death penalty for a man raping his 8 year old step-daughter was a cruel punishment.  Some say that the death penalty should cover only murder crimes.  Is the death penalty a good option for rapists?

 

Chelsie DeBus's comment, March 6, 2014 10:00 AM
This article is about a young girl that is raped by her step- father and people are talking about if he should have the death penalty. I don't know since he didn't kill his step-daughter he only raped her that he should have the death penalty. So I don't know if they had a voting about it if I would vote yes to it. But if he only raped her I think just putting him into jail for life would be better. Yes, I do think that the death penalty should be used in some crimes. I just don't know if I would do it for this case.
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8th Amendment

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Learn about the 8th Amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, excessive fines andexcessive bail. Deals with death penalty, evolving standards of decency and principle of proportionality.
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This website provides very useful information. It states the Excessive Bail Clause, the Excessive Fine Clause and the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause. It also gave a descriptive history behind the 8th amendment. Along with "excessive bail shall be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unsual punishments inflicted", the death penalty is part of the 8th amendment. The Supreme Court allowed the death penalty up until 1972. While it was allowed, the death penalty was thought to have been an acceptable punishment for any serious crimes, for instance, a murder. Before 1972, the death penalty had been in play since the original thirteen colonies.

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8th Amendment

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Definition of 8th Amendment in the Legal Dictionary by TheFreeDictionary.com
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This set of information goes into detail. Briefly, when an amount for bail is being fixed, they take in several factors. Starting msot importantly, the seriousness of the offense, the amount of evidence against the accused person, family or employment that the accused has to the community, their ability to pay the given amount of bail, and the chance that the accused will flee the jurisdiction if released. Courts usually try to settle the bail to a reasonable amount. 

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Bill of Rights is in the way

In the interest of public safety, we must use the most politically correct method - more gun control laws.
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I found this article to be very interesting. Because of recent tragedies involving gun control has been occurring, the public thinks that it is in the best interest to change the "outdated" document of the Bill of Rights to a more safe set of rights. This is related to the 8th amendment because Will Borders believes that if people do not start handing over weapons, or telling where they are hidden, they should be sent to prison. He also said that if the people are sent to prison, the 7th and 8th amendments will not be bothered by the actions because public safety is more important.

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