Category Archives: Forfeiture

The Hill: GOP lawmaker blasts Sessions over asset forfeiture

The Hill: GOP lawmaker blasts Sessions over asset forfeiture by John Bowden: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for announcing that the Justice Department would be increasing asset forfeiture around the country. In a statement … Continue reading

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TX9: Texas provides no exclusionary remedy for illegal search and seizure in forfeiture cases

Texas provides no exclusionary remedy for illegal search and seizure in forfeiture cases. $102,450.00 in United States Currency v. State, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 5761 (Tex. App. – Beaumont June 22, 2017):

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CA9: Second coordinated traffic stop after first was prolonged in violation of Rodriguez was “fruit of the poisonous tree”; cash for forfeiture suppressed

“We hold that the search of Gorman’s vehicle following the coordinated traffic stops violated the Constitution and affirm the district court’s order granting Gorman’s motion to suppress. Gorman’s first roadside detention was unreasonably prolonged in violation of the Fourth Amendment. … Continue reading

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RealClear Policy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Harms Innocent Americans

RealClear Policy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Harms Innocent Americans by Rep. Doug Collins: The mechanics of civil asset forfeiture can be hard to follow because its abuses are rooted in circular reasoning. So it’s helpful to trace out how the statutes … Continue reading

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WaPo: ‘Wonkblog’: Since 2007, the DEA has taken $3.2 billion in cash from people not charged with a crime

WaPo: ‘Wonkblog’: Since 2007, the DEA has taken $3.2 billion in cash from people not charged with a crime by Christopher Ingraham: The Drug Enforcement Administration takes billions of dollars in cash from people who are never charged with criminal … Continue reading

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The Libertarian Republic: Rand Paul Reintroduces “FAIR Act” to Restore Respect for the 5th Amendment [in forfeitures]

The Libertarian Republic: Rand Paul Reintroduces “FAIR Act” to Restore Respect for the 5th Amendment [in forfeitures] Kentucky conservative Senator Rand Paul reintroduced S. 642, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act on Wednesday. The intention of the bill is … Continue reading

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USA Today: ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ should mean what it says: Column [repealing civil forfeiture]

USA Today: ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ should mean what it says: Column by Derek Draplin and Kahryn Riley: Every state should join Nebraska and New Mexico in repealing civil forfeiture.

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New York Magazine: Watching Donald Trump Try to Puzzle Out What ‘Asset Forfeiture’ Means Is Deeply Discomfiting

New York Magazine: Watching Donald Trump Try to Puzzle Out What ‘Asset Forfeiture’ Means Is Deeply Discomfiting by Jesse Singal:

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Bloomberg: Trump Quips He’d ‘Destroy’ Texas Lawmaker Who Irked Sheriff [over forfeiture reform]

Bloomberg: Trump Quips He’d ‘Destroy’ Texas Lawmaker Who Irked Sheriff by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev: President Trump jokes about destroying a politician’s career

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Reason: Majority of States Lack Transparency on Asset Forfeiture

Reason: Majority of States Lack Transparency on Asset Forfeiture by C.J. Ciaramella: Want to know how much stuff police are seizing from people and where all that money goes? Good luck. Asset forfeiture programs in the majority of states across … Continue reading

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Orange County Register: Editorial: DEA must end its informant program now

Orange County Register: Editorial: DEA must end its informant program now: The DEA and other law enforcement agencies face skewed priorities when they can search and seize property — and then keep the proceeds — without so much as probable … Continue reading

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Reason: ‘Hit and Run’ Blog: Inside Mississippi’s Asset Forfeiture Extortion Racket

Reason: ‘Hit and Run’ Blog: Inside Mississippi’s Asset Forfeiture Extortion Racket by C.J. Ciaramella: State narcotics police seized $4 million in cash—as well as couches, comics, and 18-wheelers—through asset forfeiture in 2015.

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