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Timbs v. Indiana, 17–1091

Held that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on excessive fines fully applicable to the States. In this case involving the forfeiture of property for a drug offense, Indiana's highest court had concluded that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause constrains only federal action and is inapplicable to state impositions. Disagreeing, the U.S. Supreme Court applied the Fourteenth Amendment Incorporation Doctrine, in an opinion written by Justice Ginsburg and joined by seven other justices. Justice Thomas concurred in the judgment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/02/20


  • Ginsburg


  • United States Supreme Court


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