Supremes Deliver Smackdown on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Supremes Deliver Smackdown on Civil Asset Forfeiture By Jon Miltimore The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that state and local governments are subject to constitutional prohibitions on “excessive fines” on citizens. This decision will provide Americans robust constitutional protection against exorbitant fines imposed by local governments. “For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote. “Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate against or chill the speech of political…

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By Denying Ross Ulbricht’s Petition, the Supreme Court Has Essentially Nullified the Fourth Amendment

By Denying Ross Ulbricht’s Petition, the Supreme Court Has Essentially Nullified the Fourth Amendment By Lindsay Marie On June 28, 2018, the Supreme Court (Court) denied a petition by Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht that would have forced the Court to address where government surveillance and the Fourth Amendment intersect online. 34-yeard old Ulbricht, who is currently serving a double life sentence for a non-violent crime petitioned the Court to review his case; specifically, whether the evidence used to arrest and convict him was seized constitutionally or not. The evidence…

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