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A Small Victory Against Civil Asset Forfeiture at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on Wednesday that is a shot across the bow of defenders of civil asset forfeiture. In a unanimous judgment, the justices incorporated the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment to the states. The Court didn’t rule on the dubious constitutionality of civil


The Supreme Court just took a small step toward redressing a big constitutional outrage

THE SUPREME COURT took one small step Wednesday toward potentially redressing a big constitutional outrage: the pervasive and unjust forfeiture systems that states and localities have used to deprive even innocent people of their property.


New citizenship question on census has been found unlawful, will head to Supreme Court

The US Constitution requires a census every 10 years. But, before the census takers hit the streets, lawyers for the Census Bureau are headed for the US Supreme Court. At issue is a single question on the census form about citizenship.


Supreme Court limits police powers to seize private property

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Constitution places limits on the ability of states and localities to take and keep cash, cars, houses and other private property used to commit crimes.


U.S Supreme Court won't touch Great Lakes beach access case

The public has the right to walk the Great Lakes shoreline even along privately owned beaches. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that right on Tuesday when it declined hear a case from Indiana.


Thomas suggests Supreme Court should revisit landmark libel ruling

Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday suggested the Supreme Court should revisit its 1964 ruling from a landmark First Amendment case that made it more difficult for public figures to win libel lawsuits.


Supreme Court hears arguments on census question

WASINGTON (WDTN) - The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years, but before the census-takers hit the streets, lawyers for the Census Bureau are headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Returned To The Supreme Court Bench

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday after taking an extended leave of absence following lung cancer surgery. The 85-year-old Justice has been "working from home" for the past several weeks, reviewing transcripts of oral arguments and Supreme Court briefs on key ca


Supreme Court denies Shumpert appeal

TUPELO - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ended legal wrangling related to the 2016 shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert at the hands of a Tupelo police officer. After a federal judge in North Mississippi dismissed a wrongful death civil suit filed against the city of Tupelo and police office


Supreme Court bolsters the right of owners to fight police seizures of property

The Supreme Court on Wednesday strengthened the rights of Americans to fight police seizures of vehicles and other property, ruling the 8th Amendment’s ban on “excessive fines” applies to states and localities, not just the federal government.


Single drug sale justifies seizure of truck, Virginia Supreme Court rules

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Christiansburg man who sought to stop authorities from taking the pickup truck from which he’d sold oxycodone to a police informant.


Supreme Court rules against "excessive" police seizures and sales of property

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs' $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.


"Trigger laws" in these states would make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Arkansas became the fifth state to preemptively outlaw abortion this week, preparing for a day when Roe v. Wade could be overturned, and the laws on abortion access get kicked back to the states.


The Supreme Court ruling on ‘excessive fines’ has an Easter egg for libertarians

Coming to the relief of victims of over-policing — and following the advice of the Los Angeles Times editorial board — the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the 8th Amendment’s ban on “excessive fines” applies to the states as well as the federal government. It joins most other guarante


Supreme Court limits power of states to impose excessive fines and seize property

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyson Timbs admitted he’d sold drugs, and he accepted his sentence without a fight. What he wouldn’t quietly accept was the police seizing and keeping the $40,000 Land Rover he’d had when arrested. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sided with him unanimously in ruling the Constitutio


U.S. Supreme Court rules for Texas death row inmate for second time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a second time ruled in favor of a black death row inmate from Texas whose lawyers have said is intellectually disabled and therefore exempt from capital punishment.


Obama and former AG Holder announce new campaign to combat gerrymandering

Former President Barack Obama’s nonprofit political organization is teaming up with his former Attorney General to launch a campaign against gerrymandering. The “All On The Line” campaign - which will also work to protect the Affordable Care Act, reduce gun violence, and expand voting rights – is pa


Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court, and writes first opinion since she was sidelined by lung cancer surgery

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday issued her first written opinion since undergoing lung cancer surgery that sidelined her for several weeks. Ginsburg, who at 85 is the oldest member of the high court, wrote the opinion in a unanimous ruling that the Eighth Amendment's proh


Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

WASHINGTON (AP) — - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. Wearing her customary black robe and ornamental collar, the 85-year-old justice walked unassisted to her seat beside Chief Justice John Roberts when the court be


The Supreme Court unanimously says states can’t steal your car

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that it’s unconstitutional for states to steal people’s cars. That’s a great step forward in cracking down on civil asset forfeiture and the practice of states and cities seizing personal property as a means to raise money.