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Civil Forfeiture

The Legal and Financial Reasons Why Police Stop and Shoot People like Philando Castile

David Schultz | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
David Schultz

Excessive use of force cases are hard to win. The law simply favors the police here and with other criminal and state tort liability issues for the misuse of force. Moreover, public fears of crime complicate matters. So does racism, especially in situations with mostly white officers.

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...

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'...

Friday Talking Points -- Conservatives Are Revolting!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A full 22 conservative thinkers (although, with the likes of Glenn Beck and William Kristol in the mix, we do of necessity use that term quite broadly) all weighed in on why Donald Trump is a terrible candidate for Republicans to consider making their presidential nominee, and why Trump is an all-around terrible human being.

Treat Her Like A Lady: Civil Forfeiture's Lack of Chivalry

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.06.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

At first blush, it may seem like civil forfeiture is different than the usual methods of justice: targeting poor people who have nothing and placing them in jail. As hard as state and federal governments may try, you can't take nothing from nothing so indigent populations are impervious to forfeiture schemes.

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...

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...

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...

Robbed Twice: First By Criminals, Then By Cops

The Intercept | Juan M. Thompson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics

One evening last month, as custodian Tracy Martin took in a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, her cell phone rang. “They’re towi...

Nick Wing

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

How the Supreme Court Enabled Policing For Profit--and What to Do About It

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

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

2015's Top 5 Civil Justice Issues

Sara Warner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.

Yep, The Police Can LEGALLY Do That

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Comedy

If you've never heard of civil asset forfeiture, prepare to have your mind boggled -- not blown, necessarily, but aggressively shaken -- by a segment ...

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 ...

Police Abuse Controversial Tactic To Confiscate Innocents' Property

The New Yorker | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics

Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re ...

It's Time to Reform California's Civil Forfeiture Laws

Christina Walsh | Posted 08.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Christina Walsh

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.

End Policing for Profit

Scott Bullock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Bullock

Civil forfeiture laws were supposed to help fight the war on drugs, by making sure that crime wouldn't pay. But this broken system also sweeps innocent property owners into its net.