National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen joins Kent Scheidegger from the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and Lee Kovarsky from the University of Maryland School of Law to discuss a significant case involving the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, which the Supreme Court will hear in March.
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Today, the National Constitution Center profiles the Eighth Amendment as part of our 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project.
The “cruel and unusual punishments” clause has been the basis for challenges to the death penalty.
The Supreme Court added another high-profile case to an already busy term on Monday, when the Justices agreed to hear a Florida case about capital punishment and the mentally disabled.
Bradley Manning’s request for hormone therapy is likely to start another legal battle for the convicted WikiLeaks suspect, who now wants to be called Chelsea Manning; also, we look at the debate about a constitutional right to an education.