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Does the death penalty violate the 8th amendment?

  • The death penalty violates the 8th amendment.

    It violates the 8th amendment because it is a cruel and unusual punishment. It is cruel to kill someone no matter how horrible the crime. It is showing people that if you do something the same will be done to you, it is an eye for an eye. I disagree with that type of justice completely.

  • The Death Penalty is Unconstitutional

    The death penalty is unconstitutional. Its in obvious violation of the 8th Amendment. Why go out of your way to kill someone when society has other options of punishment? The death penalty does not solve the crime, fix the problems that were caused by the crime, or teach anyone a lesson. It is just killing for the sake of killing. The federal government needs to work with state and put a stop to this as soon as possible.

  • A clear violation of the 8th amendment

    Whenever I try to formulate my opinions about the constitution, I rarely try to understand what Supreme Court has ruled for cases arguing against the 8th amendment because in most cases the Supreme Court likes to add a modern twist to it. I believe that when our founding fathers came together to create the Bill of Rights, they clearly viewed this as one that should eliminate death as a penalty. Not only is death cruel, in most cases it can be viewed as unusual. Let us consider that this is the only crime that we punish those with the same crime that they committed. This just seems barbaric. We need to progress our society by find better was to rehabilitate people or to keep out those that cannot be allowed back into our society. Death is the end and so should be using it as a way to punish.

  • Yes, it is cruel and unusual

    The death penalty is a violation of the eighth amendment because it ends in the death of the accused. We should never kill someone as punishment for their crimes, instead they should get a fair trial and be subject to other forms of justice, I don't believe in the death penalty.

  • I believe it does violate the 8th amendment

    The death penalty is not a polarizing issue here i will present evidence why it does violate the eighth amendment. People can’t be bad forever, if you give them the chance to change, they might change for the better. Children under 18 are still not adults, and yet are too young to die. This is why the death penalty is wrong.

  • Simply violates the 8th amendment

    Government doesn't have the right as stated in the amendment to punish someone. It would violate a promise stated in the bill of rights. The person should be punished but in which they suffer learning a lesson than just getting their sin rid of as soon as possible. Perhaps life with out parole is a great example.

  • It's stupid to kill.

    To kill if you get nothing out from it. Killing is bad but the U.S. Decides to kill those who have killed others for killing. Eye for an Eye isn't even a good reason. Why kill if that's not considered a 'cruel punishment'. It's more than cruel. What if that person has family!? Children will wonder why their family member is gone!

  • I understand you feel that way

    I understand you feel that way but it still violates the 8th amendment because it is cruel. And there is a right that says you have all your rights even if you (for example, which hope no one will do) kill the president. Even if it is just an injection it is very cruel. Everyone deserves life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • We are all created equal!

    Just like our founding fathers said, "we are all created equal by our creator." So who are we to kill one another? Now that does not solve anything but vengeance. The family who got hurt by the criminal may be satisfied but the family of the criminal will have there hearts broken no matter what the cause.
    Innocent people have also been killed that have later been found innocent but were guilty by assumption.

    If you killed someone in death penalty aren't you also a murderer?

  • It is cruel

    The death penalty is a cruel punishment since a person is being killed. Regardless of whether they killed a person or not, why end their life, let them sit in jail as long as they live. They would be escaping their punishment if they are quickly put to death, let them sit in prison for 50 years, so they can think about their stupid mistake.

  • No, no violation spotted.

    Killing humanely, there is no cruelty in here at all. The the fifth amendment states that it is only unconstitutional if your are put to death without the due process of law. And it isn't "racist" either. There are more white people who are put to death than any other race in the U.S.

  • Of Course Not!!!

    One of my friends was shot and killed in Memphis execution style on his knees by two teenagers even after he gave them everything including an his iPad, iPhone, and his wallet. This guy had a wife and two babies. The two teens are being held in jail until put on trial. Now I believe in an eye for an eye and I don't think only his family should have to suffer.

  • Death for wrongdoing

    I do not think in any way that it is unconstitutional to give someone the death penalty for a sick and heinous crime. People like child molesters and spouse abusers....The "scum of the earth" in my opinion should be killed. I'd rather see them tortured but that's me. Those people need to have a better repercussion for their actions than just a jail cell and free meals and tv. It drives me insane.

  • It isn't unconstitutional

    If someone does something harmful to another on purpose they should be punished. It just so happens the most efficient way is the death penalty. If a person has the nerves, is evil, and/or crazy enough to kill someone they should be sentenced the same fate as it will make it fair. When someone is sentenced to death it isn't in a gruesome way, it happens fast. The electric chair may have seemed like a terrible thing, but now there are injections (which are being used instead). In my opinion it really isn't that unconstitutional. Btw this is coming from a 15 year old.

  • Death is Natural

    As soon as someone is found guilty, then they are officially guilty. They were found guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. Now say someone has murdered several people. Ending their life is karma. If he/she kills so many people, then that person deserves nothing less than death. End their life an make an example out of them. Show that if someone is dares murder a family, then they best e prepared to go through the same horror.

  • No, but it does violate the 14th amendment

    The death penalty as it stands in this nation cannot be fairly and equally applied to all people due to the inherent differences in predicate crimes, jury requirements, appeals and actual application. In addition the death penalty denies due process by preventing an appeal based on new evidence after death by the fact that a dead person cannot be retried. For these reasons the death penalty is unconstitutional under the 14th amendment's equal protection and due process clauses

  • No, It violates the 14th amendment

    The death penalty as it stands in this nation cannot be fairly and equally applied to all people due to the inherent differences in predicate crimes, jury requirements, appeals and actual application. In addition the death penalty denies due process by preventing an appeal based on new evidence after death by the fact that a dead person cannot be retried. For these reasons the death penalty is unconstitutional under the 14th amendment's equal protection and due process clauses.

  • No, it violates the 14th amendment

    The death penalty as it stands in this nation cannot be fairly and equally applied to all people due to the inherent differences in predicate crimes, jury requirements, appeals and actual application. In addition the death penalty denies due process by preventing an appeal based on new evidence after death by the fact that a dead person cannot be retried. For these reasons the death penalty is unconstitutional under the 14th amendment's equal protection and due process clauses.

  • No, the death penalty does not violate the 8th amendment

    The reasoning is simple, the 8th amendment was added to be enforced at the national level. It wasn't until the Supreme Court said that the clause was up to the states that it became an issue. Different states will vote both ways on whether or not it is cruel and unusual, making a murder in one area less bad than one across state lines. The federal government agrees that the death penalty is cruel and unusual, but it is the states that handle the death penalty. Had the Supreme Court not given the decision to the states, and the Federal government still considered the death penalty cruel and unusual, then it would be in violation of the 8th amendment.


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