WaPo: ‘The Watch’ Blog: Albuquerque concedes forfeiture was illegal, continues with illegal forfeitures by Radley Balko:
Last year, New Mexico passed one of the most restrictive asset forfeiture laws in the country. It requires state and local governments to actually get a criminal conviction before they can take a suspect’s property. It essentially does away entirely with ‘civil’ asset forfeiture, a practice most people tend to find appalling once you convince them that it actually happens. Somehow, Albuquerque didn’t get the message. There’s ample evidence that the city simply chose to ignore the law and continued with the seizures.