On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Timbs v. Indiana , an important property rights/asset forfeiture case. George Will recently published an excellent Washington Post column describing some of the issues at stake: Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him.
Visitors to Miami Beach come to party, Commissioner John Alemán says. They get wasted, they make noise, and, in the eyes of some residents, cause a nuisance. For years, Miami Beach has had a law on the books that bans homeowners from renting a property for less than six months, known as a short-term rental, except in certain parts of the city.
A federal judge has ruled that Albuquerque’s civil asset forfeiture program violated residents’ due process rights by forcing them to prove their innocence to retrieve their cars. Under civil forfeiture laws, police can seize property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.