WASHINGTON | Supreme Court weighs constitutional case on excessive fines
WASHINGTON — Tyson Timbs plunked down about $40,000 on a new white Land Rover in 2013. He spent the remaining $30,000 or so of the life-insurance money he received after his father’s death on heroin.
Desperate when the money ran out, Timbs sold less than $400 worth of heroin to undercover police officers. Timbs was arrested and lost the Land Rover.
Those are the simple facts at the heart of a Supreme Court case, set for arguments Wednesday, about whether the seizure of the vehicle by local authorities violates the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines.