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SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Indiana Civil Forfeiture Challenge - Government Practice News

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Posted on: Jun 25, 2018

From The Indiana Lawyer:

A lawsuit challenging Indiana’s civil forfeiture procedures will be heard by the United States Supreme Court after the justices granted a writ of certiorari to a case that a national legal organization says will have significant implications on Eighth Amendment protections nationwide.

The justices recently agreed to hear Tyson Timbs and a 2012 Land Rover LR2, 17-1091. The Virginia-based Institute for Justice filed the cert petition in January on behalf of Tyson Timbs, a Grant County man who used proceeds from his father’s life insurance policy to purchase a $42,000 Land Rover in 2013.

Timbs then began using the Land Rover to buy and sell heroin, to which he was addicted, in Marion, Richmond and Ohio. Timbs was eventually arrested as part of a series of controlled buys and pleaded guilty to Class B felony dealing and Class D felony conspiracy to commit theft. The Marion man was sentenced to six years, with one year executed on home detention, and agreed to pay $1,203 in fees and costs.

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This article was submitted by Samantha DeWester, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Government Practice Section, please email Kara Sikorski at


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