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AFP: Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Ruling*in Favor of Eighth*Amendment Rights

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AFP: Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Ruling*in Favor of Eighth*Amendment Rights

02.20.19 12:47 PM

ARLINGTON, Va.*– Americans for Prosperity issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Wednesday that the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, potentially limiting their ability to impose overly harsh fines and seize property from individuals who haven’t been charged with a crime. Americans for Prosperity Policy Manager David Barnes*had this to say: “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision sends a clear message that government should not be in the business of violating people’s constitutionally-protected civil liberties. Excessive fines, which civil asset forfeiture laws allow for, have no place in a justice system rooted in the principle that a punishment should fit the crime. Moreover, allowing government to seize property from citizens without first charging them tramples on the Bill of Rights-enshrined notion that people are innocent until proven guilty. We hope today’s ruling leads to important criminal justice changes that restore personal property rights, due process, and the presumption of innocence for all Americans.” Background: The defendant in*Timbs v Indiana,*Tyson Timbs, argued that, by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover as part of an arrest for a drug sale of less than $250, Indiana law enforcement levied an excessive fine against him since the […]

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