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Eighth Amendment 

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

  • Amdt8.1 Excessive Bail and Excessive Fines Charges
    • Amdt8.1.1 Excessive Bail Prohibition
      • Amdt8.1.1.1  Excessive Bail Prohibition: Historical Background
      • Amdt8.1.1.2 Excessive Bail Prohibition: Doctrine and Practice
    • Amdt8.1.2 Excessive Fine Prohibition
      • Amdt8.1.2.1  Excessive Fine Prohibition: Doctrine and Practice
  • Amdt8.2 Cruel and Unusual
    • Amdt8.2.1 Prohibition on the Infliction of Cruel and Unusual Punishments
      • Amdt8.2.1.1  Prohibition on the Infliction of Cruel and Unusual Punishments: Historical Background
      • Amdt8.2.1.2  Prohibition on the Infliction of Cruel and Unusual Punishments: Doctrine and Practice
      • Amdt8.2.1.3 Prohibition on the Infliction of Cruel and Unusual Punishments: Select Topics for Consideration
    • Amdt8.2.2 Death Penalty
      • Amdt8.2.2.1  Death Penalty: Overview
      • Amdt8.2.2.2 Death Penalty: Doctrine and Practice
        • Amdt8.2.2.2.1  Death Penalty: Early Doctrine
        • Amdt8.2.2.2.2  Furman and the Moratorium on the Death Penalty
        • Amdt8.2.2.2.3 Gregg v. Georgia and Limits on the Death Penalty
          • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.1  Gregg v. Georgia and Limits on the Death Penalty: Overview
          • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.2  Role of Jury and Consideration of Evidence
          • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.3 Limitations on Imposition of the Death Penalty
            • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.3.1  Limitations on Imposition of the Death Penalty: Cognitively Disabled
            • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.3.2  Limitations on Imposition of the Death Penalty: Minors
            • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.3.3  Limitations on Imposition of the Death Penalty: Non-Homicide Offenses
            • Amdt8.2.2.2.3.3.4  Limitations on Imposition of the Death Penalty: Methods of Executions