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Monday, February 28, 2011

Forfeiture Abuse

The latest dispatch for one of those evil Koch-funded organizations: the Institute for Justice:

Honestly?  I’m surprised these guys haven’t been prosecuted for inadvertently recording the conversation.

Asset forfeiture laws may have made sense once upon a time, when we were worried about British businessmen smuggling hooch into this country.  But, despite what SCOTUS says, there is absolutely no reason for asset forfeiture when the supposed criminal is standing right there.  It’s one thing to convict someone and then take his ill-gotten gains.  But just grabbing shit?

(It can get worse.  In Indiana, the loot mostly goes to lawyers.)

This is another instance—like eminent domain—when the legislatures must act because the courts won’t.  It’s time to end this bullshit.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/28/11 at 04:06 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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