The Annville-Cleona, Pennsylvania, school board removed the award-winning children's book The Dirty Cowboy from elementary school libraries after one parent complained. The book tells the story of a cowboy who takes a bath in a river then finds his dog, which no longer recognizes him, won't let him have his clothes back. The parent complained that the cowboy is depicted as being nude, though various objects always cover his genitals.
"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.
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The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
Rodney Reed is set to die by lethal injection in less than two weeks.