A forthcoming book by john d bessler cruel and unusual the american death penalty and the founders eighth amendment discusses the history of the eighth amendment and the countrys founders views on capital punishmentwhile the conventional wisdom is that the founders were avid death penalty supporters besslers examination shows they had conflicting and ambivalent views on the subject. The eighth amendment amendment viii of the united states constitution prohibits the federal state and local governments of the united states or any other government or any corporation private enterprise group or individual from imposing excessive bail excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments in any part of the us on us property ie a us embassy or against any us . Simmons that the juvenile death penalty is unconstitutional sociohistorical analysis of the work and influence of cesare beccaria and dr benjamin rush in whose memories the book is dedicated discussion of the ways the politics and history of the early american republic speak to the meaning of the eighth amendment and surveys of the . Cruel and unusual the american death penalty and the founders eighth amendment by john d bessler review elizabeth cateforis american studies volume 52 number 3 2013 pp 115 117 review. Cruel unusual the death penalty v the eighth amendment excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted the eighth amendment to the us constitution
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