Brief filed: 03/05/2018
Timbs v. Indiana
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 17-1091
84 N.E.3d 1179 (Ind. 2017)
Whether the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause is incorporated against the states under the Fourteenth Amendment
In refusing to analyze whether the excessive fines clause applies to the states, the Indiana Supreme Court ignored its obligation to enforce the U.S. Constitution. The abuse of civil asset forfeiture by states like Indiana underscores the practical importance of this case.
Jeffrey T. Green and Michael B. Buschbacher, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC; Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, Northwestern Supreme Court Practicum, Chicago, IL.