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Supreme Court Limits Civil Asset Forfeiture, Rules Excessive Fines Apply To States

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion and announced it on just her second day back at court after surgery for lung cancer late last year.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednsesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, thus limiting their ability to use fines to raise revenue.

The court's decision was written

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