Does the Excessive Fines Clause Apply to Civil Forfeiture Actions Filed in State Court?

On November 28, 2018, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Timbs v. Indiana, a case in which the Court will decide whether the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to the states in civil asset forfeiture cases.  This article summarizes the facts of the case, the constitutional issue raised, the arguments of counsel, and collateral issues regarding the application of the Excessive Fines Clause that were raised by individual justices in the course of the argument.

The summary is reprinted frin the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Digest which is available by subscription at

Timbs v. Indiana: Oral Argument Summary

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