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Civil Asset Forfeiture

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...

An Overview of Civil Asset Forfeiture and Recent Cases

Brad Reid | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Beyond the technical procedural details, the due process and public policy questions surrounding civil asset forfeiture are important. The appropriate balance between secure property ownership and fighting crime is essential to both individuals and the business community.

Sasha Belenky

Jeff Bezos, The Mecca Of Cool, Confessions Of Innocent Men, And More Must-Reads

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Belenky | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

1. The Man Who Sees The Future The news this week that Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, purchased The Washington Post for $250 million led many t...

The Law That Could Cost You Your Home

ProPublica | Isaiah Thompson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

When Rochelle Bing bought her modest row home on a tattered block in North Philadelphia 10 years ago, she saw it as an investment in the future for h...

Radley Balko

State May Abolish Abusive Police Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to abolish civil asset forfeiture, the controversial legal power that allows police to confiscate a...

Radley Balko

The Stop: Bad Cops, Drug Dogs and Trekkies Along I-70

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

(Photo by Billy Delfs) Last December, filmmaker Terrance Huff and his friend Jon Seaton were returning to Ohio after attending a "Star Trek" co...

Radley Balko

Wisconsin Residents: The Police Stole Our Bail Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

When the Brown County, Wis., Drug Task Force arrested her son Joel last February, Beverly Greer started piecing together his bail. She used part o...

How Georgia Law Enforcement Hides Civil Asset Forfeitures

Bob McNamara | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Bob McNamara

What should happen when people's property is being stolen by local law enforcement -- and being taken away secretly, in violation of state law?

Colorado Gets a C for Its Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Asset forfeiture laws in Colorado were spawned out of the worst excesses of the war on drugs in the 1980s and '90s and turned the best practices of American justice upside down.