Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 9, 2014

Question of the Week #29 – 2014

Question of the Week #29 – 2014

What is the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution?

My two cents (but please share yours):

The website I normally reference for the Bill of Rights appears to have some new errors. So, I have temporarily switched to another site.

Since it is easy for typing errors to occur online, I believe it is important for each American to own hardcopy versions of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the newer amendments, and the Declaration of Independence. Each of us should proofread these documents to ensure they comply with the original, historical wording.

“Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”



  1. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed – that is interesting – now we just need to define, excessive. We do tend to take for granted that a site we trust doesn’t need us to question accuracy.

    • You’re so right on both points, Jolene. Just like reporters, we should always double-check our sources. I have hardcopies of all those documents I mentioned and verified each amendment before I posted it. I was surprised today when the website and my hardcopy didn’t match. Cheers, Ashley

  2. With some of the more heinous crimes being committed these days – both by criminals and by terrorists, I think we may need to revisit the cruel and unusual punishment. We couldn’t punish some of these people nearly as badly as they punished their victims.

    • Their crimes have become increasingly barbaric, David. The only thing I’m sure of is that such reevaluation should be done over a long period of time, perhaps even months or years. Cheers, Ashley

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