Friday, August 15, 2014

Lawmakers Seek to Clamp Down on Abuse-Prone Civil Asset Forfeiture

August 13, 2014 By Zoey DiMauro

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have introduced two different bills aimed at reforming civil asset forfeiture, a little-known law enforcement tool that can be used to seize people’s cash, cars or other property even if the owner has not been charged with a crime.

“My legislation raises the level of proof necessary for government to seize property, it restores the principle of innocent until proven guilty by placing the burden on the government to prove a property owner had knowledge of criminal activity, and restricts the uses of equitable sharing agreements between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and local or state law enforcement agencies that infringe upon state laws,” Walberg said during a recent discussion on civil asset forfeiture sponsored by the Heritage Foundation……To Read More……..

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