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The Eighth Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment; Who Says It Is Cruel or Unusual?

Amendment Protects a person from excessive bail or fines. Punishment must fit the crime

On this day in 1803, the Supreme Court granted itself power over Congress and the people in the Marbury vs. Madison case.

The decision in this Supreme Court Case established the right of the courts to determine the constitutionality of the actions of the other two branches of government.

(photo: GeorgiaInfo) 1868 Congress ratified the 14th Amendment granting citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" (Taylor).

The amendment is you cant house soldiers if you dont want to. The government cannot force this during peacetime. This reminds people that they have the right not to house them.

This was the most terrifying compromise made by Lincoln; when Congress passed the 13TH AMENDMENT, it OUTLAWED SLAVERY EVERYWHERE EXCEPT PRISONS. Former slavers who wanted replevin, lobbied states to pass Black Codes, making it easier to reenslave Black people post-emancipation. Chain gangs, convict leasing, three strikes laws, mandatory minimums, for-profit prisons all derive legitimacy from 13th Amend. It's time Congress repeal that language and outlaw slavery everywhere on Earth for good.

The Amendment gave African Americans males the right to vote. Without the vote, the freed slaves would be powerless. By giving them the right to vote, Congress made sure that African American males would have a voice in their government.

The right to a speedy trial throughout the sixth amendment.

The sixth amendment was ratified on December It gives the citizens of the united states the right to a speedy trial, a fair jury, an attorney if they want one, and the chance to confront the defendant of the crime.