Getting Started When Indiana resident Tyson Timbs’ father died, he received abou

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Getting Started
When Indiana resident Tyson Timbs’ father died, he received about $75,000 in life-insurance proceeds. He bought a Land Rover for $42,000 and spent the rest on drugs. In May 2013, Timbs, driving his Land Rover, sold heroin to an undercover police officer. Timbs later pled guilty in state court to selling $260 worth of heroin and was sentenced to home detention and probation. However, the State of Indiana seized Timbs’ Land Rover in a process known as civil-asset forfeiture. The State reasoned that because Timbs drove his Land Rover to sell the drugs, it was instrumental in the commission of the crime and should be seized, even if the value of the Land Rover was grossly disproportionate to the gravity of his offense. Timbs took his case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in 2019 that the Eighth Amendment’s excessive-fines clause applies to the states. See Timbs v. Indiana, 139 S. Ct. 682 (2019). The Supreme Court sent the case back to Indiana state court to determine whether the seizure of Timbs’ Land Rover violated the excessive-fines clause. The trial court found that it did, and in May 2020 Timbs’ Land Rover was returned to him.
While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Timbs v. Indiana does not prohibit civil-asset forfeiture, it will have a significant impact on forfeiture actions by ensuring that there is some level of proportionality between the suspected offense and the value of the assets forfeited. For this discussion, you will examine both sides of this developing issue and decide which side you think is right.
Instructions
1. Read:
a. Issue 9: Civil Asset Forfeiture in the textbook, Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice.
b. Timbs v. Indiana, 139 S. Ct. 682 (2019)
c. Website: Asset Forfeiture Abuse (ACLU)
https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police/asset-forfeiture-abuse
d. Website: Asset Forfeiture (FBI)
https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/white-collar-crime/asset-forfeiture
2. In a minimum 250-word initial post, respond to the following discussion questions:
a. Summarize the competing arguments presented in the textbook on this topic.
b. Cite at least two statistics, research findings, or examples for each argument. You may use the textbook or other resources if they are trusted and reliable. Websites ending in .gov or .edu are trusted and reliable; Wikipedia is not.
c. Indicate which argument you believe is best and explain why.

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