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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose financial penalties and seize property.

I've been following this case.

The case at the court involved Tyson Timbs of Marion, Ind., who had his $42,000 Land Rover SUV seized after his arrest for selling a couple hundred dollars’ worth of heroin.

Seizing a $42,000 SUV for a minor drug deal struck me as almost a text book definition of excessive. I was glad to see that the Supreme Court agreed and even happier to see a unanimous decision.

Cases like this are often technically against the property and not against the property owner. Which gives us cases like United States v. 1855.6 Pounds of American Paddlefish Meat and 982.34 Pounds of American Paddlefish Caviar.

See if you want to know what is going on there.

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