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courtroom-898931_1920-300x226A new law reforming civil asset forfeiture in Arkansas is set to come into effect in July, but critics argue there are so many loopholes that it will change little in the state.

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal procedure whereby police are able to take possession of an individual’s property if that property is suspect of being involved in a crime. In most states, no criminal conviction is required before property is seized. To seize assets in Arkansas, police only need to show that a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates the property was involved in a crime. This standard is far below the “beyond a reasonable doubt” that is required in criminal cases.
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construction-worker-569149_1920-300x200Nine people in Bakersfield in central California are facing charges for attempting to take on contracting work without workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

In April, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) led a sting operation designed to catch contractors working without a license or carrying workers compensation insurance. Agents pretended to own a home in the Liberty Park area of the city. They invited contractors to bid on various improvement projects in the house. The bids ranged from $950 to $4,200.
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honolulu-996344_1920-300x200When Marilou Chin fell asleep on 5 March 2011, she didn’t suspect anything bad would happen. Her son, Brandon, took her Mercy Mountaineer so he could head over to meet a friend in Pearl City near Honolulu in Hawaii.

Brandon was arrested later that night for burglary. A witness claimed to have seen Brandon breaking into Olivia’s Lounge, the bar where he was going to meet his friend. Brandon himself claimed, however, he was simply trying to use the bathroom. Police reportedly found a crowbar in the SUV and lock-picking equipment in the door to the bar.
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handcuffs-2102488_1280-300x169A California-based brother and sister will have to pay more than $6.3 million in restitution after entering plea deals with for their part in a workers’ compensation fraud scheme.

Together with his sister Gloria, Enrique Vera operated Ultimate Inc., a construction company based in Los Angeles. As part of her plea deal, Gloria Vera, age 58, pleaded no contest to one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of workers’ compensation fraud. She had initially faced three counts of insurance fraud, five counts of workers’ compensation fraud, and three counts of felony grand theft of labor.
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drugs-908533_1920-300x200It was May 2015, and still early in the morning in rural Berks County, Pennsylvania. Dana Smith, age 48, looked outside and was surprised to see a line of police cars waiting outside. “It was like a line of state troopers’ car and sheriffs’ cars,” she said. “They said they have a warrant, and I said, ‘A warrant for what?” and they said, ‘To search the house.’”

It turns out that Smith’s boyfriend, Edward Chesney, was under suspicion of trafficking drugs. Law enforcement believed he had based his operation in Smith’s own home, and now they were looking for evidence.
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