Did you know that the government can seize your property – cash, jewelry, cars – and even your home – without charging or convicting you with a crime?
The racket is called civil asset forfeiture. In such cases, the government proceeds directly against your property. An individual doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime, so criminal procedure does not apply. And because the forfeiture is against the property, the owner is a third party claimant in related court proceedings.
Your Fifth and Fourteenth amendment rights don’t apply in these cases.
It is, in essence, legalized theft.
Here, John Oliver of Last Week Tonight covers the issue:
As we reported back in August, money stolen from citizens via civil asset forfeiture has been used by state governments and police departments for all sorts of fun outings and toys, including but not limited to the following:
Concerts, drunken nights at bars, trips to Hawaii, gambling, Segways,”Disney Training”, flying first class, renting fancy cars, banquets, beach parties, tanning salons, bribing cops, paying convicts to build a “party house”, and…marijuana, alcohol, and prostitutes.
For more on this form of legalized theft, see the following articles:
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