While Congress's recent interest in addressing these and other forfeiture abuses is encouraging, we must also remember that rights are far less secure when protected by statute rather than the Constitution
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Through civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize private property that they suspect is involved with a criminal activity. Civil forfeiture laws make it easy for law enforcement to seize property -- and profitable.