I doubt this will spell the end of civil forfeiture as such, but it may block seizures of cars and houses for relatively minor offenses. Hopefully it will also block seizures of cash for "Oh, you didn't know carrying cash was suspicious? Well, forfeit the cash and we won't charge you with laundering drug money..". If the Supreme Court can put a stop to this, I'll be very happy.
On a meta level... I'm very unhappy that putting a stop to this practice requireds a trip to the Supreme Court and invoking the 8th Amendment. There's been a lot of opposition to these seizures for decades. That the political system wouldn't act to stop them indicates the political system isn't functioning to address the concerns of the people.
This entry was published Sun Dec 02 08:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2018-11-29 10:08:46.0.