Tag Archives: Eighth Amendment

Black Mirror Should Be the Wake-Up Call We Need to Re-Evaluate the Eighth Amendment

BRIANNA SAINTE—In its history, the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been only been dealt with in terms of whether the punishment fits the crime and in a more tangible setting, the classic example being the death penalty for a convicted rapist. Considering how far technology has come, specifically in our penal system, it […]

Murderer’s Sex Change: Cruel, Or Just Unusual?

BY KELLY HEARD — When the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, a Massachusetts District Court judge, recently handed down a landmark ruling that Massachusetts taxpayers must foot the bill for a prisoner’s gender reassignment surgery, outrage ensued. Senator Scott Brown referred to the ruling as “an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars.” Brown’s opponent and Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth […]