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Nick Wing

Policing For Profit Nets Mississippi Cops A New Police Station And A Fresh Fleet Of Police Cruisers

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

The sign outside a new, $4.1 million law enforcement training facility in Richland, Mississippi, reads, "Richland Police Station tearfully donated by ...

Friday Talking Points -- Giggles the Pig For Mayor!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.

Nick Wing

Police In New Mexico Will No Longer Seize Your Property Without Finding You Guilty Of A Crime

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) on Friday signed a bill into law overhauling the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which had previously allo...

Michael McAuliff

Congressman Compares IRS Seizures To Torture As Agency Apologizes

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The commissioner of the IRS offered an apology of sorts Tuesday for seizing the assets of taxpayers absent any evidence of a crime, but ...

Nick Wing

Police Stop You While You're Carrying A Bunch Of Cash. What Happens To Your Money?

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

Even if you're innocent, you're probably not going home with that money.

Matt Sledge

Justice Department Budget Projects Some Asset Forfeiture Payments Will Rise Despite Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder last month announced reforms to asset forfeitures, the controversial government practice of seizing property associated w...

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

AG Eric Holder Slashes Civil Asset Forfeiture

Bill Piper | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

Today's actions by Eric Holder are a good first step to ending the unjust enforcement of this program once and for all. But now Congress needs to pass legislation to make this change permanent.

Holder Ends Controversial Police Asset Seizures

AP | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced sweeping changes to a federal civil asset forfeiture program that local law enfor...

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.

Supreme Court Rules on Pre-Criminal Trial Asset Seizure

Brad Reid | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime
Brad Reid

The fundamental legal concept of due process requires the right to be heard by a neutral decision maker before having life, liberty, and property taken by the government. The majority opinion seems to unduly fear a hearing.

Tennessee Hearings Demonstrate Absurdities Of Asset Forfeiture

Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

Here in Nashville, the state legislature held hearings this week on "policing for profit," the catchy name the libertarian public interest law firm th...

Asset Forfeiture Madness In Atlanta

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution looked into how law enforcement offices in Fulton County, Georgia, are spending money from their asset forfeiture fun...

Matt Sledge

Supreme Court To Rule On Whether The Government Can Freeze Your Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

A New York couple's case heads to the Supreme Court on Wednesday -- and the outcome could determine whether the government can prevent criminal defend...

Philadelphia Family Loses Home Over A Single Drug Charge

Radley Balko | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

Sam Leino was ultimately convicted on a single charge of possessing prescription drugs with intent to distribute. For that, his wife and their three c...

WATCH: Tiny Police Department Rakes In Millions Through Ballooning Government Program

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 07.10.2013 | Miami

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. — In this upscale seaside village of about 2,500 permanent residents, the main challenges for Bal Harbour's 30-member police f...

Radley Balko

State May Abolish Abusive Police Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to abolish civil asset forfeiture, the controversial legal power that allows police to confiscate a...

Lodging in Collinsville

Radley Balko | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

The video below is from a video deposition with Collinsville, Illinois, police officer Michael Reichert. Reichert is the office who pulled over film...

Radley Balko

Wisconsin Residents: The Police Stole Our Bail Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

When the Brown County, Wis., Drug Task Force arrested her son Joel last February, Beverly Greer started piecing together his bail. She used part o...

Radley Balko

Filmmaker Files Lawsuit Over 'Trekkie Traffic Stop'

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

Filmmaker Terrance Huff has filed a lawsuit against the city of Collinsville, Illinois, and Collinsville police officer Michael Reichert over a traffi...

Radley Balko

Traffic Stop Of Star Trek Fans Raises Concerns About Drug Searches

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" convention in St. Louis. As they...

Radley Balko

First Ignored, Then Raided: The Cost Of The Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO -- As Jessica Shaver and I chat at a coffee shop in Chicago's north-side Andersonville neighborhood, a police car pulls into the parking lot a...