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  I Section 21.  Excessive bail and fines — cruel and unusual punishment. — That excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.

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Source: Const. of 1875, Art. II, § 25.

(1956) Fixing punishment for second degree murder within statutory limits by jury held not to violate inhibition against cruel and unusual punishment. State v. Nord (Mo.), 286 S.W.2d 775.

(1957) $15,000 bail set for person charged with rape held excessive and reduced to $10,000 in habeas corpus proceeding. Ex parte Marvin Chandler (A.), 297 S.W.2d 616.

(1958) The fact that the defendant in robbery prosecution was given life sentence under habitual criminal statute and fact that his accomplice received only a five-year sentence did not establish that punishment was cruel and unusual punishment. State v. Eckenfels (Mo.), 316 S.W.2d 532.


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