Just hours before the planned opening of Hop City Craft Beer and Wine in Birmingham, agents from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board raided the store, seizing $7,000 of home brewing equipment and instructional books. It's illegal to home brew beer in Alabama, but store owner Kraig Torrres said he believes it is legal to sell home brewing equipment. The control board obviously disagrees.
"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.