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- Mar 1, 2004
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SCOTUS rules against heavy fines and seizures police have been using to make money for their departments. May be the last time anyone loses their ride for a "crime" like drag racing.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-to-curb-powers-of-states-to-impose-heavy-fines-and-seize-propertyIn a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled to drastically curb the powers that states and cities have to levy fines and seize property, marking the first time the court has applied the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines at the state level.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who returned to the court for the first time in almost two months after undergoing surgery for lung cancer, wrote the majority opinion in the case involving an Indiana man who had his Land Rover seized after he was arrested for selling $385 of heroin.
“Protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history for good reason: Such fines undermine other liberties," Ginsburg wrote. “They can be used, e.g., to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies. They can also be employed, not in service of penal purposes, but as a source of revenue.”