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International Civil Forfeiture: Oil Tanker Seized By U.S. Government

On Friday, April 23, Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made public the filing of…

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$271k Seized in Texas Traffic Stop Undergoing Civil Forfeiture

On April 26, 2021, deputies in Wheeler County, Texas, forfeited $271,000 from a vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday. The deputies then called a Wheeler County K9 to the scene. According to the sheriff’s department, the money is now pending civil forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture is a tool used by…

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

U.S. Reps Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) have initiated legislation seeking to improve civil asset forfeiture laws by limiting abuse of power and giving control back to citizens. Although civil forfeiture is an important tool in law enforcement, critics claim that police use it to profit off innocent…

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Arizona Police Find Use For Cash Seized Using Civil Asset Forfeiture

Eastern Arizona College recently hosted a training event on police standards for officers throughout the state. The source of funding for the event? Assets seized using civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture is supposed to hamstring large drug enterprises by targeting their profits. However, it is hard to compare the…

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Are Cryptocurrency Seizures the Future of Civil Forfeiture? New Jersey Announces Liquidation of Seized Bitcoin

Monmouth County, NJ, has declared the liquidation of Bitcoin assets that were seized in 2018 using asset forfeiture. The value of the cryptocurrency has tripled since the seizure; it was seized at $57,000 and is now worth $198,000, reports indicate. According to press sources, the assets were seized from an…

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