Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a bombshell on American politics with the release of a 500-page report detailing the Central Intelligence Agency’s detainment and interrogation of terrorism suspects in the years after 9/11.
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Lyle Denniston, the constitutional literacy adviser for the National Constitution Center, looks at the Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines, and the Justice Department’s threats to fine the Yahoo! web service.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at the revival of public shaming as a punishment, and why a Pennsylvania court nullified such a sentence for a former justice.
The debate over the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment dates back to the Founding Fathers, and recent court decisions have confirmed the practice as constitutional, but with limitations.
In May 2014, National Constitution Center constitutional literacy adviser Lyle Denniston looked at the Supreme Court’s history with rulings about how states conduct executions of prisoners. In light of Wednesday’s botched execution in Arizona, we are re-publishing Lyle’s Constitution Check analysis.