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Unit 3

3.6 Amendments: Balancing Individual Freedom with Public Order and Safety

2 min readβ€’may 1, 2020

annika-tekumulla

Annika Tekumulla


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The Balancing Act

Let’s dive deeper into the idea of the safety of society versus individual rights that we have highlighted throughout this unit review.
The Supreme Court βš–οΈ has aimed to create a balance by creating laws and regulations in order to preserve individual freedoms and public order and safety.Β 

Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment is an example of this balance βš–. This amendment states that β€œexcessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
The cruel and unusual punishment clause is a clause that is most common. This clause has much debate when regarding the death penalty because of the polarized opinions πŸ‘Š on both sides.
While the courts have set limits on when the death penalty can be applied, it has upheld the constitutionality of it and has made it easier for states to carry out the death penalty by limiting the number of appeals allowed.Β 

Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment, which limits the power of the government to search for criminal activity, is another example.
It provides the right of people and their belongings to be secure in their homes against unreasonable search and seizure.
There must be probable cause before the judge can issue a search warrant πŸ“‘, which limits where the police πŸš“ can search and take evidence. When these rules are not followed, the evidence that is found may not be allowed in the trial because of the exclusionary rule πŸ™…πŸ», a rule that prohibits the use of illegally obtained evidence.Β 
πŸŽ₯ Watch: AP GOPO - Civil Liberties and Rights

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