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Topic Selection Chart Fill in the chart before you contact your teacher to schedule your Discussion- Based Assessment for this lesson. Amendment Selected: (must be part of Bill of Rights) Amendment 8 Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. What is the personal liberty defined in the Amendment? (examples: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Right to Bear Arms) Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Which landmark case will you use as your primary example? Visit the Bill of Rights Institute Landmark Supreme Court Cases or do a quick web search to find a case. (use search terms like landmark cases amendment 3 ) Remember, a landmark court case is a case heard in the Supreme Court that presents an important ruling regarding a law. 1) United States v. Bajakajian, 1998 What is the landmark case about? Hosep Krikor Bajakajian decided to go to Cyprus in 1994 to pay his debts. He was put on trial because he did not declare the amount of $357, 144 to the customs officers. The law states that a person who carries more than $10,000 in leaving the country must honestly declare the amount to the concerned authorities. Although there was a
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clear violation, Justice Clarence Thomas said that forfeiting the full amount violated the Excessive Fine Clause. Justice Thomas argued that the penalty was totally “disproportional” to his offense. List two current court cases relating to the amendment. Do a quick web search for current court cases. These cases must be from the last five years, and should be cases that interest you. 1 . In Carr brothers' cases, U.S. Supreme Court will delve deep into the Eighth Amendment Cases center on jury instructions and joint sentencing On a Thursday morning in late September, four U.S. Supreme Court justices sat in the U.S. House chambers. The heavy eyes of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, infamous for their inability to stay open during State of the Union speeches, began to close before Ginsburg received a nudge from Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy listened intently as the speaker, fluent in seven languages, slowly articulated words in English. “Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty,” Pope Francis told a joint session of Congress that day. “Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”
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  • Fall '15
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Kansas supreme court, Jonathan Carr

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