Like most things, let’s take a step back and actually THINK rather than simply reacting to news stories from the Echo Chamber.
I was actually going to come back and do a show about this on Thursday, but a very great friend reminded me that (a) I am on vacation and (b) Ben is growing up really, really fast. So I decided to dictate some notes about it and I will leave with those being posted. Read the rest of this entry
“nor excessive fines imposed…” – 8th Amendment
A professional musician travelling with $91,000 in cash he was going to use to buy a recording studio is stopped in Wyoming for a seat belt violation. The Police take the money, and claim that they have a right to it.
in Indiana, what happens when a young man sells four grams of heroin to an undercover cop? Obviously, he gets busted, does a year on house arrest and pays a fine. Then he decided to get his life back together and heads out to find a new job.
The cops weren’t done. They used Civil Forfeiture laws to seize his car, valued at $40,000. Don’t read too much into that value, there is a valid reason that he had the money to buy it in the first place.
He sued, and the lower State Court held that he should get his car back. After all, it was only 4 ounces of heroin. The Law enforcement agencies appealed it to the State Supreme Court.
The highest Court in Indiana, along with Mississippi, Michigan and Montana proclaimed that the 8th Amendments prohibition against excessive fines “does not apply” to it.
And so… we’re off and running to ask the Supreme Court one question: does the 8th Amendment prohibition against excessive fines apply to the States?
California Legislators are looking at the idea of doing away with Bail as we know and practice it today. They see it – the bail system – as simply a punishment meted out upon poor folks.
The idea of once again contrasting and clashing rich against poor has Dave going back in time to just after 70 c.e., in the Roman Province of Judea, where the new Roman Governor once asked a local Rabbi why is was that the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob didn’t just take care of poor people Himself instead of having the rest of the Jews do it for Him? Read the rest of this entry