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Civil Asset Forfeiture

Most Americans Have No Idea How Easy It Is For Police To Take Your Money

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

A new poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans aren't familiar with civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practic...

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

From the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we're all in the same boat: we must pull over. However, it's what happens after you've been pulled over that's critical.

An Open Letter to the DA Who Thinks I Must Be in ISIS Because I Carry Around Cash

Josh Axelrad | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Josh Axelrad

Dear Scott Rowland, I had $10K, little more, in the car when I heard you on All Things Considered. You were defending civil asset forfeiture. Your defense, I had to notice, backfired. You didn't defend forfeiture at all. But your comments provided a rich illustration of why forfeiture must be abolished.

The American Police State from A to Z

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The warning signs are all around us. The question is whether you will organize, take a stand and fight for freedom, or will you, like so many clueless Americans, freely walk into the slaughterhouse?

Nick Wing

Bipartisan Group Seeks To Stop Police From Stealing Innocent People's Property

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

A number of top progressive and conservative groups are banding together for a new campaign dedicated to reforming civil asset forfeiture, a controver...

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

Amtrak Passenger Claims DEA Agent Straight Up Stole Money From His Wallet

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

There's legal theft -- and then there's just plain old theft.

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 ...

Nick Wing

DEA Steals $16,000 In Cash From Young Black Man, Because He Must Be A Drug Dealer

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

After scraping together enough money to produce a music video in Hollywood, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers set out last month on a train trip from Michigan...

Nick Wing

New Montana Law Will Protect Innocent People From Having Their Property Seized By Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. The set of reforms, which will go ...

Above the Law: New DPA Report Finds 'Policing for Profit' Gone Wild

Jag Davies | Posted 06.29.2015 | Crime
Jag Davies

Did you know police are allowed to seize and keep your cash, cars, real estate, and any other property -- even if you're never convicted or even charged with a crime? It's called civil asset forfeiture -- and if it sounds like legalized burglary, that's because it is.

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...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul Pushes For Criminal Justice Reform At Historically Black College

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

BOWIE, Md. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) renewed his call for criminal justice reform in a wide-ranging speech Friday at Bowie State University, a histori...

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...

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...

Asset Forfeiture Reform Redux

Bob Barr | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Bob Barr

It's time to revisit the very real problem of how law enforcement agencies at all levels of government employ the power of asset forfeiture as a means of harming, and in many instances destroying, the livelihood of individuals and small businesses.

The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

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...

Another Drug War Forfeiture Outrage

Radley Balko | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

Here's a new video from the libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice. Combine civil asset forfeiture with the vague federal ...

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...