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?
I had the honor of sitting in the Supreme Court courtroom in November when the high court heard argument in Timbs which involved whether Indiana could seize a defendant’s $40,000 Land Rover after he committed a low-level drug offense.
The United States Supreme Court answered with a resounding NO. Read more about it here. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/20/18233245/supreme-court-timbs-v-indiana-ruling-excessive-fines-civil-forfeiture.