Expected High Court Ruling on ‘Excessive’ Fines Boosts Nationwide Movement

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The Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Matt Wade via Flickr

As the Supreme Court signals it may rule in favor of a defendant who claims civil forfeiture violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “excessive fines,” a coalition of progressives, conservatives and libertarians is preparing to celebrate. But local governments could lose a major revenue source . . .

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