Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution | Wikipedia audio article
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Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution
00:00:32 1 Text
00:00:49 2 Background
00:04:40 3 Excessive bail
00:06:36 4 Excessive fines
00:06:45 4.1 iWaters-Pierce Oil Co. v. Texas/i
00:08:51 4.2 iBrowning-Ferris v. Kelco/i
00:09:40 4.3 iAustin v. United States/i
00:10:13 4.4 iUnited States v. Bajakajian/i
00:13:02 4.5 iTimbs v. Indiana/i
00:13:59 5 Cruel and unusual punishments
00:17:00 5.1 Punishments forbidden regardless of the crime
00:18:02 5.2 Punishments forbidden for certain crimes
00:22:49 5.2.1 Death penalty for rape
00:24:22 5.3 Special procedures for death penalty cases
00:27:42 5.4 Punishments specifically allowed
00:29:17 5.5 Evolving standards of decency
00:31:06 5.6 Proportionality
00:33:02 6 See also
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The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) of the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines, or cruel and unusual punishments. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause also applies to the states. The phrases in this amendment originated in the English Bill of Rights of 1689. This amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the United States Bill of Rights.