The Shelby County, Tennessee, county commission has asked a federal court to order the Memphis Commercial Appeal to turn over the IDs of everyone who has commented online about plans to create new school districts in the suburbs. The commission's attorney has not said why commissioners want the information or what they plan to do with it.
"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.
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