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Old 21 February 2019, 03:17 PM
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Default Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/u...eme-court.html

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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Eighth Amendment, which bars “excessive fines,” limits the ability of the federal government to seize property. On Wednesday, in a 9-to-0 decision that united justices on the left and right, the court ruled that the clause also applies to the states under the 14th Amendment, one of the post-Civil War amendments.
It's a start to reducing the sometimes ridiculous nature of forfeitures. Hopefully this opens the door to a suit against the practice of the state filing against the property, meaning they don't have to prove the guilt of the owner.
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Old 21 February 2019, 05:50 PM
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Yeah, that's something that needs to end.
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Old 22 February 2019, 02:28 PM
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Thank goodness.

In Michigan, it has been the practice of authorities, when inspecting marijuana dispensaries, that if they find any code violations, they then would raid the owners' homes and take anything of value, down to cash found in children's birthday cards. They could do so because fighting the police to prove that each and every little thing they confiscated was legal and not funds from illegal activity was onerous and expensive so many people couldn't fight it.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7...ishna-andavolu
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hopefully GenYus, but I sort of doubt it. The police and DAs are too addicted to the money, and they can say they are doing it "to fight crime", so it would be a long, hard court case (with the taxpayer, of course, paying to defend the laws).
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