Judging by the Stonhenge-to-Sgt. Pepper spectacle of the London Olympics' opening ceremonies, Brits take jolly good pride in knowing their history. But here's an early 20th-century episode Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service apparently forgot: the Venezuela Crisis of 1902, when British and other European warships blockaded and bombarded the South American country's ports to force it to pay foreign debts. It was a classic instance of "gunboat diplomacy," and it's the sort of thing that Latin Americans, given the centuries of often ugly foreign intervention they've experienced, certainly tend to remember.
"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.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.