Fotis I. Antonopoulos thought that exporting authentic olive products from Greece would make a nifty online business. But it took him 10 months to get all of the permits and paperwork he needed just to open his firm. He says the strangest requirement may have come from the Athens health department, which wanted lung x-rays and stool samples from each of his board members because he'd be selling food products.
"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.