8th Amendment Cases

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Lake Oswego High School, Mr. Moore

Atkins v. Virginia (2002)

The Supreme Court laid down that executing the mentally retarded is cruel and unusual punishment due to our "evolving standards of decency".

Roper v. Simmons (2005)

The Supreme Court laid down that executing a minor is cruel and unusual punishment due to our evolving standards of decency, and the overwhelming international opinion against the juvenile death penalty.

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