Eight Amendment

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However in 1776, after the declaration of Independence, colonies abandoned that of British law and enacted their own versions of bail law. In the Virginia 1776 constitution it stated excessive bail ought not be required, but in 1785 they added that those shall be let to bail who are apprehended for any crime not punishable in life or limb, but if a crime be punishable by life or limb, or if it be manslaughter and there be good cause to believe the party guilty thereof, he shall not be admitted to bail...
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The eight amendment is directly derived form this and the cases that are available for bail have changed over the years. In 178p the Judiciary Act was passed. This act stated that all non capital crimes are bailable and that in capital cases the decisions to detain a suspect, prior to trial was to be left up to the judge...
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