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Land Rover Forfeiture Fight Gets High Court Hearing

June 18, 2018, 1:35 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court might help Tyson Timbs get his Land Rover back, after it agreed today to take up his forfeiture claim.

The justices will wade into “an unsettled question of national importance” that affects millions of people, as Timbs frames the stakes in his Jan. 31 petition—whether the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states.

Indiana police officers seized the luxury SUV because Timbs allegedly used it to help commit drug crimes. His lawyer called the case “shocking” in an interview with Bloomberg Law.

The state’s top court condoned the forfeiture, joining a “growing...

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