Excellent. As we’ve said, civil forfeiture as it is in most states right now is just plain wrong. The police shouldn’t just be able to take one’s property because one is arrested.
Christie is another Bushite who should probably be put out to pasture.
This is disappointing to see. Policing for profit is just flat out wrong.
Civil forfeiture, policing for profit, is just wrong. If someone has committed a crime and been convicted of that crime, and the property in question was used in the commission of that crime then maybe the state has grounds to confiscate cars, boats, houses, etc. But just because the police arrest someone doesn’t mean that the cops should just be able to take whatever that person owns.
Sessions will be confirmed but small government people need to keep a close eye on him. Some of his positions are very big government and benefit the current crony system.
Marijuana laws for instance should be liberalized and dealt with on a state level. That is the CONSTITUTIONAL position and as such it should be the position of any American conservative. Yet Jeff Sessions appears to have a beef with pot even though pot legalization at a state level was one of the few wins fans of small government had during the Obama years.
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Is it too much to ask to have an Attorney General who defers to the citizenry generally and not to the state? Well, probably. Realistically speaking. But how can this country allow civil forfeiture (policing for profit) to exist? The cops shouldn’t just be able to take your stuff.
In most of the country however they can. Police took $5 billion in cash and possessions in 2014. That’s more than was taken by non state sponsored thieves.
Every once in a while a moonbeam of sense seems to hit the brain of Governor Moonbeam. Seriously, it’s like an eclipse or something.
All kidding aside this is a good thing for Californians.
Seems reasonable. Cash makes one a criminal. OK.
Last week we reported that Nebraska had outlawed “civil forfeiture” without a conviction. The police can no longer just take your stuff in that state. Unfortunately we also had to note that there were still 41 other states in which civil forfeiture was legal. Oklahoma is one of these states.
Hey, what a concept. Due process.
I am sorry to hear this. I know Loudoun County very well. Thing is, asset forfeiture itself is many times “unethical” if however legal. (In some places it is now illegal.)
Remember The Sheriff of Nottingham? He lives.