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Friday, June 9, 2017

Supreme Court says no to excessive government penalties | TheHill

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided Kokesh v. SEC, and Honeycutt v. United States. Each of these cases, decided without dissenting or concurring opinions, limited overly-aggressive government claims to assets of those found to have violated the law. It is easy to say that wrongdoers should pay the maximum possible amount as a consequence of their actions, but reasonable limitations on how much punishment the government can impose protect everyone and promote effective prosecutorial decision-making. 



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