The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures
Eric BoehmAfter Wednesday's ruling, there's a better chance that more civil asset forfeiture cases will be laughed right out of court for being what they obviously are: unconstitutional, excessive punishments that don't fit the crime.
Eric BoehmThe other problem is that the national debt isn't just getting bigger—it's getting more expensive too. Already, interest on the national debt consumes about $390 billion annually. That's more than any federal department or agency except the Pentagon.
And even if fan could use it, $23 million is an insane amount of money to spend for a pedestrian bridge.
Eric BoehmThere is probably just enough time before the #SuperBowl kicks off for you to read about how Atlanta blew a whopping $23 million to make sure a pedestrian bridge would be finish before today's game.