News Flash


Posted on: February 22, 2019

SCOTUS Rules 8th Amendment Applies to State & Local Governments

On Wednesday, in a unanimous decision the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments. The case, Timbs v. Indiana, dealt with an individual who had a $42,000 vehicle seized from them through civil forfeiture proceedings after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges, even though the maximum criminal penalty for such a crime was just $10,000.  

While New Jersey’s own Constitution has a provision banning excessive fines Wednesday’s ruling now makes it possible for defendants to challenge forfeitures as excessive under the U.S. Constitution.  Since New Jersey law regarding excessive fines is similar to those at the Federal level it is not yet known what, if any, impact the Timbs decision will have in the Garden State. 

You should review this decision with your municipal attorney for more information on its potential impact in your municipality.

Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney,, 609-695-3481, x137.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Recap of March PFRS Board Meeting

Posted on: March 15, 2019

President Proposes 2020 Budget

Posted on: March 15, 2019

Governor's Proposed SFY 2020 Budget

Posted on: March 6, 2019

Marijuana Legalization Update 2/22/2019

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Progress on Vegetation Management Bill

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Non-Resident EMC Bill Advances

Posted on: February 22, 2019

Cannabis Legalization Update

Posted on: February 12, 2019

NLC Launches Opportunity Zone Resources

Posted on: February 15, 2019

Gov. Murphy's State of the State

Posted on: January 18, 2019

2019 New Jersey State of the State

Posted on: January 15, 2019

116th Congress Convenes

Posted on: January 4, 2019

Shared Services Pilot Program Expanded

Posted on: December 3, 2018