Retirement Forfeiture Violates ‘Excessive Fine’ Clause Of Eighth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution is usually known for its prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishments.” A case from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts illustrates how a different aspect of the Eighth Amendment can have an impact on public employee retirements. The case involved Edward A. Bettencourt, who was first appointed as a police officer in the City of Peabody in October 1980, and became…

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