Somebody snitched on Maryland's North Bethesda Methodist Church. The church opened up a Christmas tree lot on its grounds on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, just as it has for the past six years. Three days later, a Montgomery County inspector showed up to tell them it's against county ordinances to sell Christmas trees before Dec. 5. Oh, and their signs were larger than the county allows, so he shut them down.
"You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?" asked Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.
A Michigan Man Underpaid His Property Taxes By $8.41. The County Seized His Property, Sold It—and Kept the Profits.
A state law allows counties to effectively steal homes over unpaid taxes and keep the excess revenue for their own budgets.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
Do you feel safer now?