Category Archives: Forfeiture

WaPo: She saved thousands to open a medical clinic in Nigeria. U.S. Customs took all of it at the airport.

WaPo: She saved thousands to open a medical clinic in Nigeria. U.S. Customs took all of it at the airport. by Meagan Flynn: The questioning threw her off guard. She explained she had legally earned the money and she was … Continue reading

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Montgomery Advertiser: Opinion: Policing for profit prevails at Alabama Legislature

Montgomery Advertiser: Opinion: Policing for profit prevails at Alabama Legislature by Leah Nelson and Shay Farley, Alabama Voices:

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NJ: Public defender must be served with forfeiture to enable adequate defense of criminal case

While the state did not act with malice or intentionally, it violates fundamental fairness to not serve defendant’s public defender with a courtesy copy of a forfeiture complaint so the PD can advise to stay the forfeiture so defendant doesn’t … Continue reading

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IN: Def’s backpack would have been searched anyway, so inevitable discovery applied

Inevitable discovery applied to the search of defendant’s backpack. He was arrested, and the search would have occurred as a result of that. The merits of defendant’s search claim is thus moot. Winborn v. State, 2018 Ind. App. LEXIS 133 … Continue reading

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Reason: Alabama Prosecutor, Sheriff Threaten to Put More People in Prison in Order to Keep Seizing Massive Amounts of Property

Reason: Alabama Prosecutor, Sheriff Threaten to Put More People in Prison in Order to Keep Seizing Massive Amounts of Property by Scott Shackford: Lawmakers are considering long-overdue civil asset forfeiture reform, and law enforcement leaders aren’t happy.

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WXYZ: Metro Detroit man fights four year battle to get bank account back after arrest

WXYZ: Metro Detroit man fights four year battle to get bank account back after arrest by Gino Vicci:

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Detroit Free Press: Many lack resources to fight property seizures in drug cases

Detroit Free Press: Many lack resources to fight property seizures in drug cases by Bill Laitner:

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Vox: “It’s been complete hell”: how police used a traffic stop to take $91,800 from an innocent man

Vox: “It’s been complete hell”: how police used a traffic stop to take $91,800 from an innocent man by German Lopez: The money was supposed to go toward buying a legendary music studio. Now his dreams are on hold.

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TechDirt: Opinion: DOJ: Civil Asset Forfeiture Is A Good Thing That Only Harms All Those Criminals We Never Arrest

TechDirt: Opinion: DOJ: Civil Asset Forfeiture Is A Good Thing That Only Harms All Those Criminals We Never Arrest by Tim Cushing: In most cases, the agency performing the seizure is allowed to directly benefit from it. Whether it’s used … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Alabama task force performs drug raid, man dies. Officials take his home, split the proceeds.

WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Alabama task force performs drug raid, man dies. Officials take his home, split the proceeds. by Radley Balko: The court that was supposed to be neutral and fair in all of this got a cut of the … Continue reading

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Miami Herald: Feds want cash seized in a raid last year, so they’re suing the cash

Miami Herald: Feds want cash seized in a raid last year, so they’re suing the cash by David Goodhue: The federal government is suing a bundle of cash seized in a drug raid last year near Key West that turned … Continue reading

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WaPo: Justice Department creates watchdog for asset forfeiture program

WaPo: Justice Department creates watchdog for asset forfeiture program by Sari Horowitz: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is setting up a unit in the Justice Department to oversee a policy he reinstated to help state and local police take cash and … Continue reading

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