Timbs v. Indiana on Excessive Fines and Civil Forfeitures
Almost all the provisions of the Bill of Rights have been applied by the Supreme Court to the states as well as the federal government, but the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment had not. Timbs presents this question to the Court—whether the Bill of Rights constrains state governments from imposing excessive fines—but also begins to address the question of whether civil forfeitures may violate this prohibition. The practice of seizing cars, houses, or boats that have been used in illegal activity has become a controversial policing practice. Timbs begins to address the constitutionality of this question that affects many Americans.