The Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment says that fines and bails should not be set too high and should be reasonable, and the severity of punishments that those convicted of a crime receive is restricted. This amendment is important so that the punishments given to criminals are reasonable and proportionate with the crime committed.  The judicial branch decides whether or not the punishment is too harsh or the fines/bails are too high. In this cartoon, a cop catches a cat stealing a cake. The cop, not aware of the 8th amendment apparently, attempts to fine the cat a million dollars for stealing a cake. The cat stands up to the cop and reminds him of his 8th amendment rights. The fine of a million dollars is considered excessive for the crime committed and, therefore, in conflict with the Constitiution.


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