Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high courtThe nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $ 42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court’s opinion, which clarified the applicability of the “excessive fines” prohibition contained in the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. “For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.



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