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SCOTUS dodges civil forfeiture case, Justice Thomas criticizes

Accepted submission by shortscreen at 2017-03-16 05:42:52

In today's [March 6] Leonard v. Texas, Justice Clarence Thomas sharply criticizes civil forfeiture laws. The one-justice opinion discusses the Supreme Court's refusing to hear the case (a result Thomas agrees with, for procedural reasons mentioned in the last paragraph); but Thomas is sending a signal, I think, that at least one justice — and maybe more — will be sympathetic to such arguments in future cases: This petition asks an important question: whether modern civil-forfeiture statutes can be squared with the Due Process Clause and our Nation's history... []

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