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pexels-raduz-54546-300x199The owner of the vehicle involved in the shooting and wounding of a Joliet, IL bouncer on December 13 is now trying to reclaim his seized car by the State Attorney.

Bryson Lee Carter, 26, resident of Iowa Avenue, was arrested in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a man working as bouncer at Anthony’s Pub & Restaurant. The 2017 silver Chevrolet Malibu used during the shooting is registered under Carter’s name. However, Carter told police that one of his passengers shot at the bouncer, sources indicate. 

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pexels-annam-w-1047442-300x211Rapper NBA Youngboy was arrested on suspected drug charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last Monday during a raid by Baton Rouge Police and the FBI. The Baton Rouge Street Crimes Division claims they received an anonymous tip about individuals brandishing guns in an abandoned lot. During the raid, 16 people were arrested and $79,000 was seized through civil asset forfeiture.

While the anonymous tip concerned weapons, the accused rapper was ultimately arrested on drug possession charges. NBA’s lawyer claims that not only did his client not have any illegal substances on him during the raid, but he was also unarmed. While only one illegal weapon was found during the raid, police and FBI seized a total of 14 firearms and $79,000 in cash. 

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pexels-sora-shimazaki-5668473-300x200Civil asset forfeiture is a popular topic for lawmakers right now. In Minnesota, Shoreview’s Democratic Rep. Kelly Moller increased the minimum threshold of money seized to $1,500 unless the money is unquestionably connected with illegal drugs. The bill also puts aside storage charges for vehicles and other filing charges so that people can reclaim their assets without paying high fees.

The recommended modifications to Minnesota’s property forfeiture law obtained preliminary endorsement from the state House committee. Proponents of the law say it includes prudent guidelines that will benefit low-income citizens.

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pexels-david-mcbee-730547-300x225German authorities have seized 1,700 bitcoins belonging to a convicted hacker, but they’ve run into an unexpected problem—they can’t access the cryptocurrency.

The hacker was convicted in April 2014 for computer fraud, among other charges. He allegedly covertly installed software on other people’s computers to mine bitcoin, which he kept for himself. He was sentenced to more than two years in prison.

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pexels-anna-shvets-4226140-300x200A Texas attorney who was setting up for a civil forfeiture hearing in Presidio County, TX, hadn’t expected his Zoom call to become a viral sensation.

It was a hearing like any other, except for the lawyer who couldn’t figure out how to turn off the cat filter on his Zoom call during a hearing in Texas’ 394th Judicial District Court. A clip of the incident featuring the fluffy grey feline has since gone viral.

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