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Forgive the facetiousness of this question could the 8th Amendment

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Forgive the facetiousness of this question: could the 8th Amendment clause : "...nor cruel or unusual punishment inflicted" be interpreted to mean that Cruel AND Unusual punishment would be acceptable?
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No, the clause can not be read that way. The clause basically says, "No cruel punishment shall be inflicted; no unusual punishment shall be inflicted". Putting an "or" between two clauses in a sentence does not make each dependent on the other.

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