|English Bill of Rights (1 Will. and Mary, sess. 2, c. 2 )||United States Bill of Rights (U.S. Constitution, Amendment VIII )|
|10. That excessive baile ought not to be required nor excessive fines imposed nor cruell and unusuall punishment inflicted.||VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.|
Thus, those who assert that simple corporal or capital punishment is "cruel and unusual" within the meaning of the 8th amendment -- as understood by those who drafted and ratified it -- are ignorant fools.
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