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Civil Asset Forfeiture

A Week in the Life of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse."--Adlai Stevenson, 23rd Vice President of the United Sta...

Oklahoma Cops Find A New Way To Take People's Money, Even If They Don't Have Cash

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics

UPDATE: Jun. 14 -- The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety temporarily suspended its use of vehicle-mounted Electronic Recovery and Access to Data ca...

IRS Returns Bakery's Money After 3 Years. Now It Wants To Put The Owners In Prison.

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics

In May 2013, David Vocatura watched $68,000 disappear. He was at his family's bakery in Norwich, Connecticut, when a squad of armed IRS agents filed i...

Cops Take $50,000 From Manager Of Christian Band, Are Forced To Admit It Was Total BS

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

The Klo & Kweh Music Team doesn't play the kind of music most people would associate with criminal activity. They’re a Christian rock group from Bur...

The Candidates' Positions On Marijuana Policy

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While mostly ignored by the media (and almost completely ignored in the debates), the issue is going to become a lot more important in the general election, as many states will have recreational legalization ballot initiatives to vote on.

Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado: Irony Flows

Allison Barker Watson | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Allison Barker Watson

The states complained that Colorado's establishment of a legal, regulated market caused marijuana to flow into their states, thereby undermining their strict laws. This, they claimed, caused "irreparable injury" by draining their treasuries, placing stress on their criminal justice systems and endangering the health of their residents.

The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016) When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ...

Sheriff Arrested For Extortion After Allegedly Shaking Down Driver -- Which Is Somehow Usually Legal

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics

An Oklahoma sheriff and his deputy were arrested last week on charges of bribery and extortion stemming from a traffic stop in which the two men used ...

Florida Just Made It Harder For Police To Take People's Stuff

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed a bill into law enacting major reforms of a practice that has allowed police to permanently seize people'...

Momentum Builds Against Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses by Law Enforcement

Grant Smith | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Grant Smith

Low income people are believed to be disproportionately impacted by law enforcement taking advantage of these laws because they are least likely to have the means to fight a property seizure.

DEA Hired A TSA Informant To Help Take Cash From People's Luggage

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

A Department of Justice watchdog officially condemned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration this month, following a report that the agency had recr...

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.

Prosecutor Can't Handle Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

Oklahoma might be best known as a home to Sooners, Cowboys and country music fans, but a local prosecutor and police officer say the state will be wel...

What Happens When Cops Police For Profit

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

A controversial program that allows police to seize private property has become a massive revenue driver for law enforcement departments around the co...

The Real Issues You Won't Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

These are not problems that can be glibly dismissed with a few well-chosen words, as most politicians are inclined to do. Nor will the 2016 elections do much to alter our present course towards a police state.

Michigan Just Made It Harder for Police To Take People's Property Without Charging Them

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday signed a set of bills designed to reform the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows p...

Court Says Cops Wrong To Seize Car Over $20 Of Weed, But Not For Reason You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

For nearly three years, Linda Ross, 26, has been fighting the seizure of her vehicle, which police took after finding a small amount of marijuana insi...

Ninth Circuit Strikes a Blow Against Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Protecting innocent property owners from overreaching law enforcement requires the abolition of civil forfeiture altogether. Until that occurs, judicial engagement is essential to ensuring innocent property owners get the legal assistance they need to force the government to play by the rules and give back what is rightfully theirs.

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 practice tha...

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 07.14.2016 | 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 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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.