Asset Forfeiture Ass-Backwards
Via Hamster, Working for Change has reprinted a 1998 Molly Ivins column on asset forfeiture reform. The civil asset forfeture act did receive a welcome overhaul in 2000 (thanks mostly to the conservative republicans like Henry Hyde and Bob Barr, who so strongly believe in property rights) despite efforts by the Justice Department (yes, under Clinton) to weaken it.
Still, we didn't get as much as we wanted in the bill and Ivins' article highlights the problems with forfeiture laws.
For more on problems with forfeiture laws, visit FEAR (Forfeiture Endangers Americans' Rights)
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