In a session that started with Nazi Germany and fast forwarded to present times, the panelists emphasized that an independent judiciary forms the backbone of societal trust. When judges engage in a myopic prejudicial analysis of a legal issue, the law can become a weapon to inflict legal wrongs rather than acting as the trusted shield of justice forming the backbone of a free society.
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Your Car is Now Safe from Unreasonable Governmental Seizure
More exciting news out of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) from Timbs v. Indiana. In a nutshell, SCOTUS determined the police cannot seize and sell your stuff for committing small crimes. This is important to all Americans, because theoretically the law allowed police to take a citizen’s car and sell it, keeping the proceeds, by showing nothing more than the driver exceeded the speed limit. Scary, huh?
This week, I had the honor of watching the United States Supreme Court in action with Timbs v. Indiana. At stake is whether states can seize property connected to crimes with no regard to cost. The State of Indiana argued that the law allows seizure of even the most expensive automobile if a driver goes so much as 5 mph over the speed limit. The Supreme Court seemed to take umbrage at this thought.
SCOTUS issued an order today overturning the Indiana Supreme Court in the conviction of my client Marcus Zanders. Certiorari was granted.