What constitutes excessive bail?
The Rights of the Accused and the 8th Amendment
In the Bill of Rights, the Founding Fathers addressed an age old problem of government authorities using excessive bail as a weapon to suppress individual rights. Using excessive bail amounts, the government could conceivably extort money and perpetually silence dissent. Therefore, the Founding Fathers (taken from the English Bill of Rights) inserted the 8th Amendment that protects against excessive bail.
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There is no set number that constitutes excessive bail. However, in the 1951 case Stack vs Boyle, the Supreme Court ruled ''that a defendant's bail...
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