In Timbs v. Indiana, will the Supreme Court rule that the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to states?
In 2015, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to felony charges in an Indiana court, after which the State sought to make Timbs forfeit his vehicle (The Indianapolis Star, Oyez, SCOTUSBlog). A trial court ruled such a forfeiture violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against imposing excessive fines. The Indiana Supreme Court then reversed the ruling, stating that the U.S. Supreme Court had never “incorporated” the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment, and Timbs appealed (Cornell Law). The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in its current term, but if it does not, the question will resolve as no.
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