On this edition of the radio version of Indiana Issues, we replay arguments heard before the Indiana Supreme Court over a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It involves civil forfeiture where a Marion resident, Tyson Timb had his $40,000 Land Rover seized after being arrested Timbs was arrested for selling heroin to an undercover officer.
The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court which held the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause — which Timbs had used to challenge the forfeiture of his vehicle — applies to the states.
But the high court did not on how the Excessive Fines Clause should apply to civil in rem forfeitures. That’s when a property is seized by the government and no criminal charges are necessary.
That was the argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. The program runs for about one hour.