Supreme Court Deals Blow to Asset Forfeiture by Police
The highest U.S. court ruled 9-0 Wednesday that civil forfeiture programs, which let police seize property including cash, cars and houses, must comply with constitutional protections against excessive fines. Critics have argued that “policing for profit” initiatives create bad incentives and disproportionately impact the poor. The ruling came in the case of Tyson Timbs, whose $42,000 Land Rover was seized after he was caught selling $225 worth of heroin.
How will this affect law enforcement? Those convicted can now argue in court whether the amount of property seized was excessive.
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