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Federal Court Finds Albuquerque’s Civil Forfeiture Program Unconstitutional

Judge finds Albuquerque's program forces property owners to bear an unconstitutional burden to prove own innocence and creates an unconstitutional incentive to take property. J....

When Battling the Government In Court, What Are You Free To Say in the...

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Readers who follow the battles over forfeiture law may recall the recent case in which a North Carolina convenience store owner...

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...

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...

Judges Say No To Obama Labor Regulators’ Hot Blueberry Crush

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE What does federal labor law have in common with civil forfeiture law? As I write at Reason: Under a provision of the 1938...

Victories Build Momentum to End Civil Forfeiture

SCOTT BULLOCK, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Summing up 2014 in the last issue of Liberty & Law, Chip Mellor wrote that is in the right...

Cops Seized $ 17,550 from Driver

Never Charged Him with a Crime NICK SIBELLA, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE Mandrel Stuart used to own the Smoking Roosters, a barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va....

Class Action Suit Challenges Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine

DARPANA SHETH, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE For the past few months, Chris and Markela Sourovelis have been living a nightmare. It started on May 8 when...

Major Federal Court Victory In MA Civil Forfeiture Case

JOHN E. KRAMER, INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE Arlington, Va.—In a major triumph for property rights, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a civil forfeiture action against...

IJ Challenges “Policing for Profit” in Massachusetts

Liberty Alerts, Institute for Justice For two years, Massachusetts small business owner Russ Caswell has suffered through an American nightmare. Russ and his family have owned...

National Legal Groups Join Forces to End Civil Forfeiture

Liberty Alerts, Institute for Justice Today, two leading organizations have come together to advocate for reforms to states’ asset forfeiture laws—the power of ...

Texas Police & Prosecutors Cashing In on Seized Property

Imagine having your cash, car or home seized by police without ever being convicted of a crime. For people living in Texas, this nightmare is increasingly common, according to a new report.