The ruling is a continuation of the same case in which the federal Supreme Court ruled that the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment is "incorporated" against state governments and applies to asset forfeitures.
S.C. Judge Rules the Obvious: It's Unconstitutional for Police to Seize and Keep People's Property Without Proving They Committed Crimes
Law enforcement and prosecutors have seized millions from people they’ve arrested. That might be coming to an end.
Federal Court Rules State Judges Cannot Profit From Fines and Fees Imposed on Defendants in the Cases Before Them
If the court that hears the cases stands to profit from the fines paid by defendants, that's a violation of the Due Process Clause of the Constitution. The rulings have potential implications for other, similar conflicts of interest in the criminal justice system.
Former DEA special agent Chad Scott has been convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and falsifying government records.
Bernie Sanders Calls for Legalizing Marijuana and Curtailing Asset Forfeiture in Sprawling Criminal Justice Plan
Sanders' plan takes aim at every part of the justice system, including typical Sanders targets like private prisons and corporate "profiteers."
It's a nasty mix of police militarization and civil asset forfeiture.
Aggressive asset forfeiture collides with First Amendment rights.
Indiana Is Still Arguing That It's Constitutional To Seize Your Car for Driving 5 MPH Over the Speed Limit
"Historically the answer to that question is yes, and we're sticking with that position here."
Surrender the Fifth Amendment or the dog dies.
A new study by the Institute for Justice says federal asset forfeiture funds have little to no impact on solving crimes, suggesting police are more interested in the revenue it generates
Alabama is one of the least transparent states in the U.S. when it comes to civil asset forfeiture. That could be changing.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed three bills to limit civil asset forfeiture.
Police had wide authority to seize assets without having to prove a crime even happened, but now the state is tightening the rules.
Alabama Police Ruined a Couple's Lives Over $50 of Weed. Now the Charges Against Them Have Been Dropped
Greg and Teresa Almond filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Randolph County Sheriff's Department after it raided their house and seized their savings for a misdemeanor pot offense.
Greg and Teresa Almond lost their house after a financially devastating drug raid involving civil asset forfeiture.
Testimony on Asset Forfeiture Before the Arkansas State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights
My testimony addressed the general problem of asset forfeiture, the potential impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Timbs v. Indiana, and Arkansas' recent reform law.
The expenses included five-star Parisian hotels and sumptuous dinners.
Arkansas joinsÂ three other states in requiring police secure a conviction before they can seize a person's property.
County officials say the Lancaster County district attorney's use of $20,000 in funds intended for drug enforcement to lease an SUV is "improper."
Reports show Michigan police seize cash and cars from hundreds of people who are never convicted of a crime. Momentum is building to stop it.
Unlike Thomas and Gorsuch, Kavanaugh stayed mum on originalism in a major constitutional case.
Supreme Court Rules that Excessive Fines Clause Applies to States and Constrains Civil Asset Forfeiture
The decision in Timbs v. Indiana is a significant step forward for property rights and civil liberties, though a key issue remains to be resolved by lower courts.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
Sex, publishing, and quasi-legal theft collide in the Backpage prosecution.
"Exactly what sources and what individuals this money comes from is obscure, and it's obscure because that's the way the federal government wants it."
South Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill After News Investigation Reveals Abuses
South Carolina would become the fourth state to abolish the practice of seizing property without a criminal conviction.
The future of civil asset forfeiture law in the United States now revolves around a single Land Rover.
"The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.
The lawsuit argues that the excessive penalty violated her Eighth Amendment rights. The Supreme Court is currently considering a similar case.
Where does Justice Gorsuch stand on the Privileges or Immunities Clause?
Numerous motorists say rogue cops in a small Northern California town ripped them off during bogus traffic stops.
In Rebuke to Saudis and Trump, Senate Votes to At Least Talk About Pulling U.S. Troops From Yemen: Reason Roundup
Plus: good signs in Supreme Court case on asset forfeiture and Ashley Judd talks prostitution.
Indiana Solicitor General: It's Constitutional to Seize a Car for Driving 5 MPH Over the Speed Limit
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer elicited a shocking response during Wednesday's oral argument in a big civil asset forfeiture case.
Today's Supreme Court Oral Argument in Timbs v. Indiana Suggests Justices are Likely to Apply Excessive Fines Clause to State Asset Forfeitures
The Court seems very likely to rule that the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to state governments, and that at least some asset forfeitures violate the Clause. Potentially a big win for property rights and civil liberties.
The case both addresses important legal issues, and could have substantial practical implications.
Cases in which a majority of the Court fell down on the job.
The ruling is a major win for Backpage founders James Larkin and Michael Lacey, as well as a strike against government overreach.
A legal settlement guarantees reforms to what was once one of America's most egregious asset forfeiture programs.
Police Raided Their Home and Business, Seized Their Money, and Nearly Ruined Their Lives Over Some Weed
After two years of fighting in court, a California couple is getting back $53,000 that was seized from them through asset forfeiture.
It's not a crime to travel with lots of cash. But you still might be treated like a criminal.
Court Decision Striking Down Albuquerque Asset Forfeiture Program Could Help Protect Property Rights Around the Country
If accepted by other courts, the judge's reasoning could curb a variety of other state and federal asset forfeiture policies that threaten the property rights of innocent people.
A new ruling says the city's civil forfeiture program violates the right to due process.