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Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#1 Post by BlaineG » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:51 pm

Snipped From The News This Morning.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled to drastically curb the powers that states and cities have to levy fines and seize property, marking the first time the court has applied the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines at the state level.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who returned to the court for the first time in almost two months after undergoing surgery for lung cancer, wrote the majority opinion in the case involving an Indiana man who had his Land Rover seized after he was arrested (BUT NOT CONVICTED....my note) for selling $385 of heroin.

“Protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history for good reason: Such fines undermine other liberties," Ginsburg wrote. “They can be used, e.g., to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies. They can also be employed, not in service of penal purposes, but as a source of revenue.”

I find drug dealers repugnant, but abuse of the Constitution even worse.
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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#2 Post by oldAG » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:35 pm

Seems like a stamp of recognition of the 8A.

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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#3 Post by AJMD429 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:01 pm

BlaineG wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:51 pm
I find drug dealers repugnant, but abuse of the Constitution even worse.
Yep......!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#4 Post by BlaineG » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:06 pm

oldAG wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:35 pm
Seems like a stamp of recognition of the 8A.
In my mind that's not all of it. Confiscation of private property before due process is what I have a problem with. Law Enforcement gets to keep the proceeds to supplement their budget.
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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#5 Post by piller » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:33 pm

Confiscation prior to conviction is finally illegal. Good.
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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#6 Post by Ysabel Kid » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:41 pm

piller wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:33 pm
Confiscation prior to conviction is finally illegal. Good.
It was illegal before. About darn time they recognized it as such!
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Re: Maybe For The First Time RBG is Constitutional

#7 Post by guido4198 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:42 am

Like the Kid said....
It's ALWAYS been a violation, the High Court just affirmed that fact.
The latter half of the 20th century saw an extremely disturbing trend developing in law enforcement. The assnine, so-called "War on Drugs" seems to have empowered law enforcement to engage in some of the most incredibly over-the-top actions in the name of "fighting drugs".
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