In continuing coverage, earlier this week we told you about a bill involving returning evidence seized by law enforcement.
It’s called Civil Asset Forfeiture and today the United States Supreme Court ruled the 8th amendment.
Which bars excessive fines and limits the federal government’s ability to seize property.
SCOTUS says it also applies to the states.
Voting 9-0, the justices found that the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines under the Eighth Amendment applies not only to the federal government but also to state and local authorities, and that practices such as civil asset forfeiture – where law enforcement can seize the property of anyone accused of criminal activity, regardless whether they’re convicted or even charged – run afoul of the restriction.
KX News is digging into how this ruling affects North Dakota, head to our KXnet.com website for more on this interesting topic.