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Is Capital Punishment Unconstitutional The 1960s brought challenges to the fundamental legality of the death penalty Before then the Fifth No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury except in cases arising in the land or naval forces or in the militia when in actual service in time of war or public danger nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself nor be deprived of life liberty or property without due process of law nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation Eighth Excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted and Fourteenth All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States nor shall any State deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws Amendments were interpreted as permitting the death penalty However in the early 1960s it was suggested that the death penalty was a cruel and unusual punishment and therefore unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment In 1958 the Supreme Court had decided in Trop v Dulles that the Eighth Amendment contained an evolving standard of decency that marked the progress of a maturing society Although Trop was not a death penalty case abolitionists applied the Courts logic to executions and maintained that the United States had in fact progressed to a point that its standard of decency should no
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