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    Getting a Handle on the Bill of Rights – Part 2

    Last time… on Knowing Better… So I decided to spend this weekend making him a life preserver, since I’ll be working with my hands I figured I’d help you learn the Bill of Rights by using your hands as well. Now to the third amendment, stick with me this one gets a little weird. Where is the detonator? Then I’ll sew these up and add some snaps and stuff to it, and you’ll get to see it in action next week when I finish the bill of rights. So last week we got through the first four amendments of the bill of rights. To recap, the first amendment has five…

  • A Grasp on the Bill of Rights
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    A Grasp on the Bill of Rights

    If you need to remember the Bill of Rights really quickly, using just your hands, here we go. The First Amendment has five rights: Speech, Press, Religion, Petition, and Assembly. The Second Amendment is your right to bear arms. The Third Amendment is your protection from quartering of troops. The Fourth Amendment is your protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth Amendment is your right to remain silent, protection from double jeopardy, and right to eminent domain. The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial by jury. The Seventh Amendment is your right to federally sue someone over $20. The Eight Amendment is your protection against cruel and unusual…

  • Bucklew v. Precythe: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Bucklew v. Precythe: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]

    Bucklew versus Precythe is a case involving the question of whether it was cruel and unusual to execute an offender via lethal injection. The two issues then are, number one, whether people who make an as-applied challenge have to show some alternative method that’s feasible and readily implemented and that significantly reduces the chance of extreme suffering. And, number two, if they do have to meet that burden, did Bucklew meet it by proposing nitrogen hypoxia as a method of execution? Bucklew says that the one-drug lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual as to him because his medical condition, the condition called cavernous hemangioma, creates risks of suffering resulting…