Tammy Levesque seemingly hasn’t caught a lot of breaks in her life. She’s a 33-year-old single mom and a high school dropout, basically unemployed since 2005. She had been trying to save money to fulfill her dream of opening a beauty parlor in
Unfortunately, her money came from earning $2,000 a trip for transporting pot in her pickup truck from
Nuh-uh. On Thursday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals determined the $3 million asset forfeiture was an excessive fine in violation of the Eighth Amendment. That’s right: the same amendment the Supreme Court uses to cap corporate liability payments has now been used to cap a drug courier’s payments. The 1st Circuit reasoned http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/getopn.pl?OPINION=08-1344P.01A that “ruinous monetary punishments” that would effectively deprive a defendant of a future ability to earn a living are excessive.
That means that Ms. Levesque might still have a shot at making a go at that beauty parlor once she’s released next year from the Alderson minimum security facility in West Virginia.