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Civil 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...

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

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...

Officials Say Stolen Picasso Painting Worth Millions Was Smuggled Into U.S. Under False 'Art Craft' Label

AP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who fa...

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.