In 2002, the Roman Catholic Church defrocked Thomas Harkins because of allegations he molested two grade-school girls. Harkins was never criminally charged, but the church paid $195,000 to settle civil lawsuits. Four months after he was removed from the priesthood, Harkins was hired by the Transportation Security Administration to screen airline passengers at Philadelphia International Airport. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports he is still employed by the TSA, but he has been promoted and no longer pats down passengers.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.
"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.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
Campus conservatism must take the threat of the far right seriously.
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.