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Sep 26, 2016

Don’t Ask How Much Money the Police Have Taken

NYPDOddly, the New York City Police Department claims that it can’t determine how much money it has seized from citizens over the past four years.  Apparently, New York City has taken so much money through civil forfeiture in the past four years that it can’t count it all.  The NYPD claims that just trying to figure out how much it has taken through civil forfeiture over that 4-year period would crash its computer system.  For … Read more

Feb 2, 2015

When Can the Government Take Property without Paying Compensation?

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the federal government to pay “just compensation” when it takes private property. While that rule sounds clear in principle, it doesn’t often seem to mean what it says either to government or to the courts. On the contrary, it seems as though the federal government actually can and does take private property for its own use without paying “just compensation” or, in fact, without paying any … Read more

Dec 1, 2014

Super Sealed Proceedings – You Won’t Even Know Why the Government Took Your Property; If You Ask, You’ll Be Indicted

Many years ago many of us were taught that before the government could take your property or liberty, constitutional due process required, at a minimum, that it first give you notice and an opportunity to be heard. Apparently now federal prosecutors have found a civil forfeiture process which is subject to a “super seal”. That is, even the individuals targeted don’t know the government’s trying to take their property.

As Bradley Balko of the Washington … Read more

Aug 22, 2013

The “Business” of Civil Forfeiture

Federal and state civil forfeiture laws authorize police to seize property which may have been used or obtained through criminal conduct even if the owner has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.  The abuse of civil forfeiture laws by local, state and federal officials has become a subject of genuine concern and discussion.  [See Sarah Stillman’s article of 8/12/13 in The New Yorker; Steven Greenhut’s article of 8/16/13 in Reason; … Read more