Supreme Court Cases: Harmelin V. Michigan

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Writing Assignment # 1 In this paper I will be comparing and contrasting two Supreme Court cases. Both of the cases were appealed to the Supreme Court on the basis that there 8th amendment rights were violated. In both cases there appeal was that the sentences they received were cruel and unusual punishment. The first case is Harmelin vs. Michigan in 1991. In the case Harmelin was convicted on possession of cocaine and was sentenced by the court to life in prison with out the possibility of parole. Harmelin appealed his case to Michigan court of appeals and the Michigan supreme court which both denied his appeal claiming that the courts decision was legitimate. Then Harmelin appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court who up

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