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Articles Posted in Civil asset forfeiture

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pexels-joshua-santos-5535476-300x200On April 20, new legislation was approved by the Alabama Senate to change the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws and replace rules on what law enforcement could forfeit from those charged with low-level drug offenses. Senator Arthur Orr’s bill passed the Senate at 28-0 and now goes to the House.

The legislation was lauded by advocacy groups, who have asserted for years that current forfeiture laws threaten the earnings of low-income individuals and minorities by allowing law enforcement to seize assets without a conviction.

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pexels-darius-krause-2253938-300x200Pennsylvania police reportedly seized $650,000 from a driver on interstate 80. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is now requesting to seize the money using civil asset forfeiture, though the money is reportedly the property of a California business.

The driver was reportedly transporting the money for her boss, the owner of a CBD company known as Superior Bio Science. She was pulled over for committing a moving violation on November 24th near Williamsport.

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pexels-joshua-t-954289-300x169Despite having a better standard of proof than most other states, Utah still earned a “D-” grade for its civil forfeiture laws in a recent report. Studies sourced from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice show that on average, Utah agencies forfeit around $1.7 million per fiscal year.

Between 2009 and 2014, agencies reported a forfeiture of more than $10 million. They also reported forfeiture of more than $18 million in currency between 2006 and 2018. All of this was just under state law; the number rises to at least $38 million for state and federal forfeiture revenue from 2000 to 2019 when you take federal equitable sharing into account, according to the DOJ’s and Treasury’s annual forfeiture reports.

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pexels-sora-shimazaki-5668473-300x200A 62-year-old local Kentucky resident learned about civil asset forfeiture the hard way in September 2015 when border crossing agents seized his vehicle.

According to press sources, the Kentucky man was on a trip from his home in Tyner, KT, to visit his aunt and relatives in Zaragosa, MX. U.S Customs and Border Protection agents at Eagle Pass, Texas, reportedly witnessed him taking photos of his truck. His troubles began from that point as agents approached him and requested to look at his phone. After he refused to give out his phone password, the agents told him to park the vehicle.

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pascal-meier-UYiesSO4FiM-unsplash-300x200A recent case of civil asset forfeiture at an airport in Phoenix, Arizona deprived a man of almost $40,000 in cash.

According to press sources, the man allegedly flew to Phoenix to buy a semi-truck for his business. He didn’t spend any of the money and was catching his flight home when he was relieved of his cash at the airport. Authorities accused him of illegally obtaining the money, but he was never charged for any wrongdoing.

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