WASHINGTON | Supreme Court weighs constitutional case on excessive fines

28Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



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.

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