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Unformatted text preview: Consequently, these debates often veer into arguments that are defined by ethical codes, as what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment is not defined by the Eighth Amendment, and is therefore a relatively subjective legal term of art. In terms of the death penalty, the debate occurs between individuals whose ethical code is similar to the traditional "eye for an eye" position, and those individuals whose code of ethics feel that it is wrong for the state to participate in a killing. As to the Three Strikes laws, the argument occurs between those who believe that individuals should be punished for the cumulative effect of their legal problems, whereas others feel that the punishment should relate only to the offense at hand....
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course AMERICAN I American I taught by Professor Americaninternationcollege during the Spring '12 term at American Internation College.
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