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Eighth Amendment

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

Torture in US Prisons: What 'OITNB' Hasn't Told You

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Rev. Ron Stief

We Americans like to think of our nation as the "shining city on a hill," as a protector of human rights, a beacon for the rest of the world. The reality, however, is that widespread torture is happening today in our own country, especially in state and federal prisons and detention facilities.

Could Oklahoma's Death Penalty Become the Lethal-Injection Alpha and Omega?

Adam Banner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Could the newest "shot heard 'round the world" be the lethal injection of Oklahoma death-row inmate Clayton Lockett? After all, his 45-minute death struggle has been denounced by the UN and will likely have a profound impact on the nature of capital punishment in the United States.

Treating Death Row Inmates like Disposable Guinea Pigs is Unconstitutional

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.16.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.

Court Misses Opportunity to Rule on Lethal Injection Secrecy

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Even states that adopt all of these safeguards cannot be assured that any specific execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While some states have turned to compound pharmacy drugs as a result of the execution drug shortage, other states are using untested drugs for lethal injections. Without established protocols, states are merely guessing about the necessary dosages and very possibly getting it wrong.

The Death Penalty Is Premeditated, Unconstitutional Murder

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The Supreme Court got it right in 1972. The death penalty does violate the Constitution, because it is cruel and unusual punishment. And here's why.

Mike Sacks

Clarence Thomas' Questions, Part 3: The Myth of Scalia's Puppet Is Quashed As Quickly As It's Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Twenty years ago this month, Justice Clarence Thomas appeared for the first time on the bench for oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Out of the cas...

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts Defends Scalia's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's 9th Circuit smackdown season at the Supreme Court and, judging from Tuesday morning's oral arguments, Richard Lee Pollard could be ...

Mike Sacks

VIDEO: Supreme Court Will Ponder Bad Lawyers, Broken Elbows And Eyewitness IDs

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday for another two weeks of oral arguments. Next week's docket is stacked with criminal ca...

Court Sides With Kids Sentenced to Life in Epic Battle Over Our Constitutional Rights

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

The ruling is a rare and welcome bright spot from the Roberts Court, which is prone to siding with the government and corporations against individuals asserting their constitutional rights.