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Court Decision Doesn’t Guarantee Radical Changes to Fines and Property Seizures

routefifty.com, February 20, 2019

“The only thing that the court held was that the excessive fines clause is incorporated,” she said. “It didn't define what ‘excessive’ is,” Seo added. “That's going to be litigated, and it’ll take time.”



Bullets across the border: Trial of US Border Patrol agent raises legal, foreign-policy issues

csmonitor.com, March 14, 2018

The potential implications for foreign policy and national security may be one reason the high court avoided the question of constitutional rights for people in other countries, according to Ms. Seo of the University of Iowa law school.



A Brief History of the Traffic Stop (Or How the Car Created the Police State)

observer.com, July 26, 2016

“Cars are completely transformative,” said Sarah Seo, an associate professor at Iowa Law School and author of a recent paper on automobiles and policing in the Yale Law Journal. “The massive growth of police departments really happens after the mass production of automobiles,” she continued, “not just because of fear of crime, but also because cars were really destructive.”


The Senate’s Only Black Republican Opens Up About Being Mistreated by Cops

theatlantic.com, July 15, 2016

Subsequently, a reader turned me onto a fascinating Yale Law Journal article by Sarah Seo, who traces the bygone decision, shortly after the rise of the automobile, to charge police officers with enforcing traffic laws in addition to criminal statutes, rather than creating a separate entity to discharge that discrete task. The result: Over time, cops gained enormous discretionary power to stop and search individuals.






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