Thursday, August 19, 2010

Why I don't trust forfeiture actions...

So, remember the other day, when I expressed concern about forfeiture actions?  Where the state claims the property (homes, cars, cash) that were tangentially connected to crimes, like drug and child porn possession?  Well, this is the kind of story that makes me think I'm not just a crazy conspiracy theorist, anti-cop, anti-prosecutor nut.  This prosecutor is charged with taking way more than a million bucks from forfeiture actions and turning it into bonuses for himself and his staff.  (At least he's not an elitist, classist schmuck as $1.2 million went to secretaries.)

I called forfeiture actions a racket the other day.  Stories like this are the reason why.  Some cops and prosecutors do seem to think they can just take whatever they want from motorists.  That is a thought we all might want to nip in the bud.

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