Supreme Court curbs power of government to impose heavy fines

Supreme Court curbs power of government to impose heavy fines

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that states must adhere to the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines. The decision will likely limit the ability of states to impose certain fees and seize property. In delivering the opinion of the court, the bench said the Eighth Amendment guards against abuses of the government’s criminal law-enforcement authority, and that extends to fines.

Hank 1 year

good, the supreme court is finally doing something good

IIZard 1 year

She's going to block taking Al chapo's fortune.

Hannibal 1 year

And I'm sure many will see this as a positive developmemt until they start losing other public services due to budget constraints. Civil asset forfeiture, wrong as it is, makes up large chunks of the budget in many law enforcement agencies.

Highlander 1 year

Just who determines what is 'excessive'. This law is unenforcible because excessive is a relative term and can mean entirely different amounts to different people according to different crimes. One person may believe a millionaire accused of shop lifting should pay $50,000 whereas another person may believe that because he is a millionaire that he can afford to pay $100,000 for the same crime. It is a stupid law and is open to abuse by radical, activist judges.

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