Justices appear likely to side with homeowner in foreclosure dispute

Justices heard arguments in Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota to assess if taking and selling a home to satisfy a debt to the government, and keeping the surplus value as a windfall, violates the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause and if the forfeiture of property worth far more than needed to satisfy a debt, plus interest, penalties, and costs, is a fine within the meaning of the Eighth Amendment.

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