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Governor Hogan, Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Inherently Abusive

ADAM BATES, CATO INSTITUTE Despite recent gains around the country, civil asset forfeiture reform suffered a setback in Maryland when Gov. Larry Hogan (R) vetoed...

Baltimore Police Admit Thousands of Stingray Uses

ADAM BATES, CATO INSTITUTE It’s been a bad week for Stingray secrecy.  Following a court-ordered document dump in New York earlier this week, a Baltimore detective...

Holder Issues New Asset Forfeiture Restrictions

ADAM BATES, CATO INSTITUTE Today Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines to federal prosecutors tightening the rules for seizing assets for so-called “structuring” offenses. Under the...

Quiet Change Expands ATF Power to Seize Property

ADAM BATES, CATO INSTITUTE A quick glance at the Federal Register (Vol. 80, No. 37, p. 9987-88) today reveals that Attorney General Eric Holder, who...