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 Stossel discusses the issue with Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform.
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